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VOL. 41 JANUARY, 1994 No. 1 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:ii 


God of our life, through all the circling years, 

We trust in Thee; 
In.. .all the past, through all our hopes and fears, 

Thy hand we see. 
With each new day, when morning lifts the veil, 
We own Thy mercies, Lord, which never fail. 

God of the past, our times are in Thy hand; 

With us abide. 
Lead us by faith to hope's time Promised Land; 

Be Thou our Guide. 
With Thee to bless, the darkness shines as light, 
And faith's fair vision changes into sight. 

God of the coming years, through paths unknown 

We follow Thee; 
When we are strong, Lord, leave us not alone; 

Our refuge be. 
Be Thou for us in life our Daily Bread , 
Our heart 1 s Home when all our years hare sped. 

—by Hugh T. Kerr, 1871-1950 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
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Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover- 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"Put on your coat. It f s cold outside." The con- 
cerned mother was helping her small son prepare for 
school. The son protested feebly, but Mother knew best, 
and Tommy ran to the bus wrapped warmly. 

Another "Put on" admonition in Colossians 3:12-15, 
comes from a concerned apostle in prison at Rome. 
Similar to the mother, he sees a need that would pos- 
sibly be neglected by the ones to whom he is writing. 
Paul is near the end of a long life of experience; he 
knows well what he is writing about. This garment he 
is recommending is mercy, kindness, meekness, longsuf- 
fering, and love. 

As we step out into the cold experiences and hard 
facts of a new y»ar, we too can use the instruction of 
Paul. Whether or not there was a special problem of a 
lack of love in the Colossian church, we know that hu- 
man nature needs this instruction. They needed it at 
Colossae; we need it today. 

It is interesting that Paul concentrates on these 
virtues as something to put on. Perhaps it is not so 
much a protection like a coat, but more of a garment 
of appearance that gives impressions to those around 
us. Our clothes serve several purposes. Some dress 
mainly for appearance. These would not want to appear 
different from the current styles. One such lady re- 
portedly said, "I'd rather be dead than not in style! 11 

Those who are not so interested in style look more 
for utility — serviceability. This garment of Paul's 
is serviceable and it looks good. People are blessed 
by it, and it is particularly becoming to Christians. 

Peter writes, "Likewise, ye younger, submit your- 
selves unto the elder, Yea, all of you be subject one 
to another, and be clothed with humility: for God re- 
sisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." 
(I Peter 5:5) 

the pilgrim 

In the Bible are also mentioned "the garment of 
praise/ 1 "the garment of salvation," and "the robe of 
righteousness. 11 We should be fully clothed. I recent- 
ly saw a young girl wearing shorts with bare legs, but 
with a warm sweat shirt and heavy coat on her upper 
body. Perhaps we may appear this way in our spiritual 
dressing. Paul writes (I Timothy 2) that a woman should 
wear modest apparel and be adorned with good works. 
Peter writes that women's adorning should be a meek and 
quiet spirit. Men also need similar advice. 

After Paul describes what we are to put on as "bowels 
of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, 
longsuffering,' 1 he goes on to describe suitable conduct. 
"Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if 
any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ 
forgave you, so also do ye." May 1994 be a time of 
forbearance and forgiveness as we "rub shoulders" and 
work together for the advancing of the Kingdom of 
Jesus Christ. There is work to do and, for any job, 
we must put on the right clothes. 

Forbearance and forgiveness will help as we teach 
others. Study Paul l s methods as he introduced the Gos- 
pel into new areas. We must be aware that many of 
those around us have not had Christian training or 
even good homes. But what is the Gospel for if not for 
the needy? Jesus said, "I came not to call the right- 
eous but sinners to repentance." \ie must remember our 
own state without Jesus. Even Christian training with- 
out a submissive, converted heart cannot save us. 
Study the context of I Corinthians 6:11: "And such 
were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanc- 
tified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord 
Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." 

Paul continues citing important Christian practice: 
"And above all these things put on charity, which is 
the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule 
in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one 
body; and b§ ye thankful." 

This passage is full of suggestions for New Year's 
resolutions. May we resolve to live for Jesus in 1994 
and carry out our resolution by His Spirit's power. -L.C* 



A Happy New Year greeting to all our readers! We 
take this method to thank our brethren and sisters for 
their faithful support of The Pilgrim . Throughout the 
past year our hearts hare been warmed by donations, by 
welcome writings, and by selections from publications. 
We encourage you to continue. Over the years we have 
had some material we have not used, and can only say 
that we do our best to print items that will encourage 
and strengthen the church and honor our Lord. (Our 
judgment may not always be right.) 

This is also an apology for sending the January is- 
sue so late. Our older word processor and printer 
"gave out>" and we are planning to obtain more modern 
equipment. We hope to soon be on schedule again. 

Our thanks to each of our subscribers who have al- 
ready renewed. We are glad for gift subscriptions or 
names to suggest for sample copies. Most subscriptions 
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Special thanks also to Bill Miller for our mailing 
labels and to our daughters, Sarah and Rhoda, for their 
hours of typing, proofreading, and writing. 

— Leslie and Martha Cover 


BEERY - A daughter, Allysa Deann, born December 21, 
to Stephen and Kim Beery of Nappanee, Indiana. 

MARTIN - A daughter, Frances Helen, born December 22, 
to Kevin and Ina Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 

BFU BAKER - A daughter, Hosanna Dawn, born December 28, 
to Stanley and Janice Bru baker of Goshen, Indiana. 

ROYER - A daughter, Marian Ruth, born January 1, to 
Rex and Janice Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 



There are many voices in the world saying, "Follow 
me," or "Do what I say and lire." Jesus said, "Many 
shall come in my name, saying, "I am Christ, or I am 
anointed of God; listen to me. l " He said these people 
would deceive many. It says in I John 2:27, "But the 
anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, 
and ye need not that any man teach you..." And in 
Romans 8:14, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of 
God, they are the sons of God," We would do well to 
remember Paul's words when the people tried to put 
too much honor on them: "We also are men of like 
passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should 
turn from these vanities unto the living God." We need 
to point people to Jesus, and not draw attention to 
ourselves. For if people do things just because we 
tell them to, how is that of faith? "For whatsoever 
is not of faith is sin." Jesus said, "My sheep hear 
my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." Why 
is it, that in our day, the very source of life and 
salvation is so often lost in the background? Jesus 
said, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he 
shall be saved." Isaiah 12:3,4: "Therefore with joy 
shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. 
And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call 
upon his name..." Jesus said that the water that He 
would give would be in us a well of water springing up 
into everlasting life. And in John 7:37, 38: "If any 
man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that 
believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of 
his belly shall flow rivers of living water." Water 
that stops flowing becomes stagnant; it dies. Jesus 
said, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before 
men, him will I confess also before my Father which 
is in heaven." But if we deny him, he will deny us. 
Is this a one time thing, or is it for every day of 
our lives? Jesus said He didn't come to send peace 
but a sword, l, And ye shall be hated of all nations 
for my name's sake." A wonderful victory was won when 


Jesus died at the cross. But to walk in that victory 
we must walk under its shadow. Paul said, M I am cru- 
cified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, 
but Christ liveth in me ... " This is the only way to 
live holy lives in this world. This is the mystery 
that was hid from ages and from generations, which is 
"Christ in you, the hope of glory." "Neither is there 
salvation in any other: for there is none other name 
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." 
No wonder in the book of Acts they taught and preached 
the Lord Jesus. He is the Dayspring from on high, who 
hath visited and redeemed His people, 

— Kevin Garber 

Twain Harte, California 


There are numerous Scriptures that speak of child- 
ren's need for discipline. For example, Proverbs 23:13 
says, 'Withhold not correction from the child: for if 
thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die." 
Proverbs 22:15 says, "Foolishness is bound in the heart 
of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it 
far from him." Other Scriptures could be cited, all 
expressing need for discipline and showing parents 1 
responsibility to administer it. 

But there is another fact about discipline that is 
not so generally recognized. That is the fact that 
children desire discipline and want their parents to 
carry it out. Oh, they are not likely to admit this 
desire, but it is there all the same. Children know 
their parents are responsible to make them obey, and 
they are secretly disappointed when their parents 
allow them to do as they please. 

One young boy demonstrated this truth in a vivid 
way. He was being noisy and rowdy, and when no one 
seemed to notice, he began making even more noise. 
This kept getting worse and worse until finally the 
boy blurted out, "When is someone going to make me be- 
have?" You see, he felt his need for an adult to con- 


trol him because he knew he could not control himself. 
Children do not usually say those words, but they all 
need the security of knowing that their parents care 
enough about them to make them behave ♦ 

Here is another example. The Purdue University 
once make a survey of 100,000 high school students, 
and over ninety percent of those young people thought 
their parents were not strict enough. Other surveys 

have been made that have yielded the same results. 
Young people wish their parents would say "rc/'more of- 
ten. They wish parents would make rules and stick to 
them. It is true that the young people surveyed 
probably kicked against the rules their parents did 
make; yet when they were free to express how they really 
felt, they wished their parents were more strict. 

Hit we as parents hate to say "no'' so often. It seems 
we have to do it so often that sometimes we break down 
and say, "All right, we will leave it up to you this 
time. ,r Do you realize that often when children and 
young people are kicking the hardest against their par- 
ents 1 rules, they are still crying inside to be re- 
strained? Children are deeply disappointed when they 
test their parents' restrictions and the parents bow 
to the children's demands. 

Parents usually hope to please the child when they 
give in to him, but they end up pleasing no one, least 
of all the child; for when the end comes and the child 
gets into trouble, he will blame his parents for not 
keeping him out of it. "If you had made me stay at 
home," the child will say, if I would not be in this 
mess." And the parents will have to agree that this 
is all too true. 

The modern idea is that the child is basically good. 
When something bad cones out, such an idea requires 
that one find the external influences that are restrict- 
ing the "little angel." But the Bible approaches the 
matter from an entirely different angle. It shows that 
every child has a nature that is basically evil, and he 
must therefore have proper training and discipline if 
any good is to come forth from the child. 

The Bible method of punishment is the rod. "He that 
spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him 


chasteneth him bet imesw' 1 (Proverbs 13:24) Of course 
there are also other methods, but too many times we 
use the rod as the last resort when we should have 
used it immediately. This is especially true for 
younger children and for violations of a serious 
nature. Many people object to using the rod because 
they say it only creates fear in the child. But this 
is not true. If the rod is used in love, it will pro- 
duce both fear and love. And when the physical pain 
is over, a deep impression will remain that will help 
the child when he meets his next temptation. Fear and 
love cannot be separated in a proper relationship be- 
tween parents and children. Such a relationship does 
much to prepare the child for a proper relationship 
with God; for in that relationship, too, fear and love 
are inseparable twin virtues. 

Many parents are afraid the child will think evil 
of them if they are strict in discipline. But after 
all, what the child or youth thinks of us now is not 
really important. It is much more important what he 
will think of us ten or twenty years from now. Will 
he respect us then for having had enough backbone to 
make rules and stick to them? Or will he look down 
on us for being weak and spineless? 

We as parents have many things to learn. Many of 
us have made mistakes in the past, and we will probably 
make more. But we need to learn from our mistakes and 
also be willing to learn from other people, and make 
a diligent effort to overcome our mistakes, by the 
grace of God. If we do this, God will be able to bless 
our efforts and bring about some good results in spite 
of our mistakes. 

-*by Wayne Wenger from Light Of Life 
selected by Herman Royer 


We all understand the liberated woman of today is 
not in line with Bible principles, but do we understand 
that the underlying trouble is often with the man? 


When we men leave the position of authority and lead- 
ership in our homes and churches empty, then someone 
will move in to fill the vacuum that is left. All 
too often that someome is a capable woman who recog- 
nizes the need and steps in to get the job done. 

The pattern for leadership was laid in the Garden 
of Eden (Genesis 2:18-3:16) and reaffirmed by Paul in 
I Corinthians 11 — where in verse three, we are told 
the head of the woman is the man, the head of the man 
is Christ and the Head of Christ is God. This line 
of leadership was established by God to insure order 
and stability in our homes and churches, and to facil- 
itate the passing of faith from one generation to the 

With any position of leadership, there is a greater 
responsibility for the one who is in authority than 
for those under his authority. Luke 12:48 says, 
"...unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be 
much required; and to whom men have committed much, 
of him they will ask the more." 

God has committed much to us as heads of our homes 
and asks much in return. What are some of the script- 
ural responsibilities required of us as husbands and 
fathers — the head of the home? 

The first one is to find our own place in God's 
order of authority. Am I submitted to the headship 
of Christ and the church? Do I respond correctly to 
church leaders? Do I find it easy to obey civil 
authority? It is easier to gain respect for my lead- 
ership if I am giving that same respect to those over 

Second, we are commanded as husbands to love our 
wives as Christ loved the church. (Ephesians 5:2$) 
What an awesome responsibility it is, to love as Christ 
loved! In comparison, the command for wives to submit 
seems to pale like the mote against the beam. Husbands 
and fathers, the test thing we can do to make our homes 
Godly homes and to make our children feel loved and 
secure is to love our wives as Christ loved the church. 
If we men would all do that, then submission on the 


part of our wives would be as easy as a fish submit- 
ting to water. 

The third responsibility given to the head of the 
horn© is to teach and train children* (Ephesians 6:4, 
Deuteronomy 6:6-9) Of course, husbands and wives are 
both involved in child training, but the greater respon- 
sibility (whether discipline, family worship, or 
teaching spiritual values) rests on the father. 

It is hard to imagine someone's condition as being 
worse than an infidel. But in I Timothy 5:8 we are told 
not providing for our families is akin to denying the 
faith and is worse than an infidel. The fourth area 
of responsibility for the head of the home is to pro- 
vide for the financial needs of his family. The script- 
ural mandate of men as providers and women as keepers 
at home is not made obsolete by 20th century material- 
ism. When Jesus said to seek first the Kingdom of God 
and His righteousness and the rest would be added to 
us, He was not referring to all the spending we almost 
consider a necessity (elaborate vacations, bloated 
wardrobes, excessive eating out, showplace houses and 
farms, etc.) Let us take seriously our duty to not 
only provide financially but to give direction on 
where and how money is spent. 

A final area we should be concerned about as the 
head of our home, is the overall spiritual — emotion- 
al — mental health of our home. If we are providing 
in the other areas already mentioned, then a healthy 
atmosphere will naturally follow. And where there is 
spiritual —mental — emotional health in the home, then 
it will be easier to pass on the baton of faith to the 
next generation. 

(I offer these ideas not from a position of having 
already attained, but as goals I am striving for.) 

-by Ray Hoover from Exchange Messenger 
selected by Lois Martin 




In Matthew 12:36, 37 Jesus said, "But I say unto 
you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they 
shall gire account thereof in the day of judgement. 
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy 
words thou shalt be condemned ." Since God looks on 
our hearts, even If we think evil, we need to seek to 
be forgiven. We are exposed to much evil speaking, 
and we need to be very careful what we receive in 
our hearts. Careless speaking is very habit forming. 
It takes the precious blood of Jesus to cleanse our 


Our thoughts are all important to us, for what we 
think reveals what is in our hearts. Even if we can- 
not speak, our thoughts form words in our tongues, and 
we read in Psalm 139:4: "For there is not a word in 
my tongue, but lo, thou knowest it altogether." Jesus 
said, "Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall 
give account thereof in the day of judgment." 
Psalm 50:23: "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: 
and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will 
I shew the salvation of God." 


Matthew 11:29-30: "Take my yoke upon you, and 
learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye 
shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, 
and my burden is light." The Lord fashioned a yoke of 
love, that all believers could work together and help 
each other with their burdens. The Jews were told to 
break all the yokes they had made and exercise love and 
mercy. In Matthew 25, we are told what we will be 
judged by in that day. "Bear ye one another's burdens; 
and so fulfill the law of Christ." 

— Ernest Wagner 



When man fell from God's favor and fellowship, he 
took on the nature of the one that caused it. One of 
the most outstanding characteristics of this nature is 
the spirit of preeminince. 

This was and is Satan's foremost desire — to be 
exalted above all else. He valued this above the whole 
world -—to have the Son of God fall down and worship 
him. (Matthew 4:8,9) 

This is basically the rub in society today, as men 
struggle for preeminence and authority over their fellow- 
men. In politics, in the business world, and even in 
Christian circles we see these forces at work and the 
methods used to accomplish it. 

The most effective way to overcome someone is not 
necessarily to face them in open conflict, but to de- 
stroy their respect and influence, 

Satan did this in the garden. He was able to in- 
fluence man by claiming God was unfair, and the outcome 
wouldn't be what God said. He was exalting himself 
above God. 

So it was with Christ, They %rere not able to over- 
come Him physically, until they destroyed the influence 
and respect He had in society. 

As we see this spirit around us today, the church 
is called to reveal a better way, and that is to totally 
reverse this process in human relations. Philippians 2;3: 
"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but 
in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than 
themselves." Romans 15:6,7: "That ye may with one mind 
and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. Wherefor receive ye one another, as Christ 
also received us to the glory of God." Galatians 5:13: 
"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only 
use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, bat by 
love serve one another." Ephesians 4:2: "With all low- 
liness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one 
another in love." Ephesians 4:32: "And be ye kind one 
to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even 


as God for Christ <s sake hath forgiven you." Ephe- 
sians 5:21: " Submitting yourselves one to another 
in the fear of God." Colossians 3:13: "Forbearing 
one another, and forgiving one another, if any man 
have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave 
you, so also do ye. M 

May we be found acting in these wonderful truths. 
Jesus says in John 15:8: "Herein is my Father glor- 
ified that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my 

— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


The last chapter of the book of Acts recounts the 
events of the final leg of Paul's journey to Rome and 
his meeting with the Jews there. 

The twenty-seventh chapter ends with Paul's ship 
experiencing shipwreck and everyone on it escaping to 
land. Acts 28 commences with the discovery that this 
land was actually the island of Malta. The natives 
(Luke calls them "barbarous people") received Paul and 
his companion warmly and showed them hospitality. 

It was here that a poisonous snake bit Paul on the 
hand. The reaction of the natives to this incident 
is almost humorous but contains a valuable lesson for 
us. At first they thought that Paul must have been 
a murderer and was being punished with death for his 
former misdeeds. However, when Paul didn't die im- 
mediately and showed no sign of becoming sick, the 
natives then concluded that he must be a god. Of 
course, Paul was neither. This can be a valuable les- 
son to us when we are tempted to draw conclusions 
about others based solely on the circumstances sur- 
rounding them or the trials which they might be facing. 
Often our conclusions can be wrong if they are based 
solely on our own understanding. 


After about three months stay on the island of Malta, 
the shipwrecked company set sail on another boat head- 
ing for Rome. After several stops, the ship stopped 
at the town of Puteoli where the centurion disembarked 
with Paul, his companion, and the rest of the prison- 
ers headed for Rome, Upon arrival at Rome, Paul was 
allowed to live in his own house but was guarded there 
by a soldier. 

As was his custom, three days later Paul called to- 
gether the leaders of the Jews and told them the mes- 
sage of salvation. A larger company met several days 
later to hear what Paul had to say. Paul preached from 
morning to evening telling them about the kingdom of 
God, but some did not believe, Paul then makes the 
statement in the twenty-eighth verse that God had now 
opened the way of salvation to the Gentiles. 

This chapter concludes one of the most dynamic books 
in the entire Bible. The book of Acts traces the growth 
of the early church from a few dedicated believers 
preaching on the day of Pentecost to a living force 
that even Caesar himself could not ignore. The book 
of Acts is more than a historical account of the early 
church. It is the account of a miracle — the power of 
God changing the lives of ordinary people and uniting 
them through the blood of Christ • 

— Eddie Wagner 


Dear Father, I come at the close of this year 
My heart full of joy; in my eye there's a tear. 
A tear, not for sorrow, but penitence due; 
For small the returns of my love unto You. 

I think of the love that You've showered on me, 
Thy mercy so full and the blessings so free, 
I feel I should thank Thee each hour of the day, 
But words I can offer would never repay. 


I plead for Thy mercy to pardon my sin, 

Ere ending this year, a new one begin. 

My sin-defiled garments wash white in Thy blood, 

Refresh and restore in that life-giving flood. 

I'll lay down my past with its failures and shame, 
Claim pardon and peace through my Saviour 1 s dear name. 

grant me the faith to look up unto Thee, 

To know and to feel that Thy lore reaches me. 

1 stand on the threshold of this dawning year. 
With faith in Thy power, there's no doubt or fear. 
My hand in Thine own, confidently I place, 

For each day will prove all sufficient Thy grace. 

help me more closely to live by Thy side, 

From Thee draw my strength whatever betide. 

fill me with love — Thy pure love*— through and through 

That love may direct all I think, say, and do. 

Though feelings may change with each circumstance faced , 
Grant that deep, inner peace m$y not be erased. 

help me to rise, to be brave, strong and true, 
To show unto others what I've found in You. 

With joy in my heart and my faith strong in Thee, 

1 face this New Year, and whatever may be, 

I trust Thee for guidance — hold fast to my hand. 

That I live for Thee wholly, as Thou, Lord, hast planned. 

— by Miriam J. Sauder 
from Spiritual Hymns 

Dale and Julie Wemken 
ADDRESS CHANGE: 2423 Glendale Ave. 

Modesto, CA. 95354 
(209) 575-4419 


When we older folks enter a new year, we are start- 
ing a new page in life. You children are starting a 
new life, a new book. Jesus needed more helpers so 
that is why you were born. You have something special 
to do for Jesus. The little ones that are born into 
this life need to have God fearing parents. You can 
be very thankftil your parents love God. When you are 
cared for by your parents, you thank them. You talk 
t© your parents about your problems and joys. As a 
parent I know this brings great joy in their hearts. 

One time I was reading a book of children's bed 
time prayers to a little girl. I told her that Jesus 
wants us to thank Him for the many good things we 
have, especially our good parents. She sat very 
still. Finally, she said, "I don't pray." I told her 
she should. It makes Jesus happy when little child- 
ren talk to Him. She said, "I believe I will." 

Jesus sa id Heaven will be full of children like 
you. How willing you are to accept the truth. If 
your parents haven't taught you to say your little 
prayers, they have just forgotten that Jesus sent you 
to your parents because He needed a helper. Would you 
help Jesus by asking your parents to teach you to say 
your prayers? What better way to start a new life. 
Talk to the One that made you. This will make Jesus 
happy and also your parents. 

— Everett Oyler 


Sonora, CA. 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 42 FEBRUARY, 1994 NO. 2 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:ti 


That God should love a sinner such as I, 
Should yearn to change my sorrow into bliss, 
Nor rest till He had planned to bring me nigh, 
How wonderful is love like this! 

That Christ should join so freely in the scheme 
Although it meant His death on Calvary, 
Did ever human tongue find nobler theme 
Than love divine that ransomed me? 

That for a wilful outcast such as I, 
The Father planned, the Savior bled and died; 
Redemption for a worthless slave to buy, 
Who long had law and grace defied. 

And now he takes me to His heart- -a son, 
He asks me not to fill a servant's place; 
The "Far-off country" wanderings all are done, 
Wide open are His arms of grace. 

Such love, such wondrous love, 

That God should love a sinner such as I, 

How wonderful is love like this! 

--C. Bishop 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
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Ding! Ding! Ding! The high tones of my 
alarm clock penetrated my sleep, and sent my 
hand searching for the "off" button. Another 
day was beginning. It was time to wake up. 
Sleep was so pleasant, and to roll over for a 
few more minutes was a temptation. Not this 
time! A day of activity beckons. Work cannot 
be done while sleeping. "...Now it is high 
time to wake out of sleep..." 

God has provided sleep for tired bodies and 
rest for weary souls. But God Himself does not 
sleep. It belongs to us. The need for rest 
should show us how weak we are. But while we 
need sleep for our bodies, we are not to 
"sleep" in our activity for God. Repeatedly we 
are warned about the danger of sleeping when we 
should be watching. 

What happens when we sleep? Our bodies re- 
lax. Breathing and heartbeat slow. We lose 
consciousness of our surroundings. We become 
vulnerable to anyone who would do us harm. The 
hand to hand battles of the past were won when 
the enemy was caught sleeping. Gideon won his 
famous battle at night. Even though some were 
watching, the enemy was weak and easily con- 
fused when startled awake by Gideon's strategy 
of lights, shattering of pitchers, trumpets, 
and a shout on all sides. The Midianites 
fought each other and fled in confusion. 

Even though we are not asleep, we are weak 
when we need sleep. We become drowsy. Our 
senses dull. We do not react quickly. This is 
a dangerous condition when we are driving a 


car. Sometimes a little pain like pinching 
yourself can help you to wake up when you be- 
come sleepy at the wheel. We are not at our 
best when we need sleep. In school we were 
taught that a sleep debt builds up when we re- 
peatedly lose sleep. And this debt cannot be 
fully repaid. 

Things happen when we sleep. The world goes 
on. On the other side of the world it is day. 
Some of our friends work when we sleep. 

When we get sleepy or fall asleep spiritual- 
ly, things happen also. Our adversary gets 
busy and he wins battles as we relax and our 
senses dull. Our armor is laid aside and we 
are vulnerable. 

Consider what can happen when parents fall 
asleep. The children grow regardless. They 
learn, but parents being asleep are not teach- 
ing them. They cannot control what the chil- 
dren are learning. With the senses dulled, we 
don't care as much. Family worship either 
stops or becomes routine and meaningless. Dis- 
cipline suffers. Children, so needy of guid- 
ance and boundaries, are forced to make choices 
for which they are unprepared. Time is not 
used to advantage; idleness increases with its 
temptations. Bad habits take root and become 

Consider what can happen when a husband or 
wife falls into spiritual slumber. The mate is 
left without support. They may still have fun 
times together, but spiritual harmony is miss- 
ing. We lose the concern for Bible study and 
prayer. It is like trying to enjoy a day of 
vacation together when one is tired and would 
rather sleep. 

Especially tragic is when drowsiness falls 
on a congregation of believers. We grow una- 
ware of the needs around us. People suffer and 
die, endure heartache and temptation, and 


we do not care to help. As we heard recently, 
we should regard interruptions as opportuni- 
ties, and every person we meet should be con- 
sidered as a candidate for the Kingdom of Heav- 
en. When we are sleepy spiritually we cannot 
appreciate these opportunities . 

When we sleep we become careless regarding 
our witness. Our sharpness to follow and obey 
Jesus becomes dulled. The fashions of the 
world become more attractive. We begin to look 
more like the people of the world than the peo- 
ple of God. Even our countenances reflect our 
dissatisfaction, for we know, through our drow- 
sy condition, that we are not yielding fully to 
the Holy Spirit. 

Paul in I Thessalonians 5:5-8 contrasts 
night and day, light and darkness, sleeping and 
watching, drunkenness and soberness: "Ye are 
all the children of light, and the children of 
day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others: but 
let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep 
sleep in the night, and they that be drunken 
are drunken in the night. But let us, who are 
of the day, be sober, putting on the breast- 
plate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the 
hope of salvation." 

Those who are awake spiritually win battles. 
They are on guard against the enemies of their 
children. One on guard sometimes has a monoto- 
nous job. It is never-ending. It is tiresome. 
But is pays dividends. Those parents who are 
awake and watching teach their children the 
true values of life. Productive projects and 
chores fill idle time. The lure of Hollywood's 
entertainment cannot rob them of the enjoyment 
of nature and the appreciation of cleanliness 
and virtue. Peace reigns in the home when the 
parents worship and sing together and with 
their children. 


Those awake and alive to God know that this 
world has nothing to offer- -that it is not our 
home- -that we are not its citizens- -that we do 
not need to copy its customs- -to wear its uni- 
forms. They know the value of simple living, 
frugality in order to share, and modesty. They 
are aware that a needy world waits for their 
service. They see two kinds of need: that of 
a world without adequate food, clothing, health 
care, and the Gospel; and that of a closer 
world with abundance of idleness, pride, and 
fullness of bread but destitute of spiritual 
life- -asleep, starving for the bread of life 
and without help. 

May God grant us the wisdom to know when we 
are becoming drowsy. When we find ourselves 
sleepy, may we wake up, even inflict a bit of 
pain, to be aware of the needs both in our fam- 
ilies, in our churches, and in the world around 

us. --L.C 


The beginning of the message of both John 
the Baptist and Jesus was a call to repentance. 
This is a basic and continued theme in the New 
Testament . 

This is emphasized as a necessity at the be- 
ginning of our Christian walk. It is also a 
continued requirement at any time we realize we 
have done wrong. 

What is this thing, and what results follow 
it? The dictionary says repentance is a regret 
and sorrow for past words or actions that will 
cause a complete change of actions. 

When we publicly commit our lives to the 
Lord, we agree to renounce sin and all evil 
ways. We also agree to yield full obedience to 


the Lord. This is a good and essential part of 
the Christian walk. 

Unfortunately, our carnal nature does not 
die at this point, and Satan does not give up. 
In reality the battle is now begun in earnest. 
Praise God! From this point on, His power is 
constantly available to us to rout the adver- 
sary and to win the victory over self! 

This will require our constant prayers and 
seeking God's strength. It will also require 
daily denying our selfish desires. 

Here is crossbearing. We daily fail, and 
need continual repentance and commitment. 

Oh how great our continual need of God's 
grace! How great our need of patience, and 
longsuf fering with each other! 

In this daily crossbearing (failing, repent- 
ing, and recommitment) , a subtle and extreme 
danger appears. We are likely to begin justi- 
fying or defending what we call small faults 
instead of repenting and, with God's help, 
overcoming them. 

Are we ever guilty of wanting to find out 
things that are none of our business, thus be- 
ing a busybody in other people's affairs? 

Are we ever guilty of gossiping? Do we say 
things about others we would not say to them? 

Do we cause disunity or strife? Do we har- 
bor envy or bitterness in our hearts? 

Do we ever justify dishonesty, or doing oth- 
er things we know are not right? 

If we do not acknowledge these things to be 
sin, learn to hate them, and repent of them, 
and with God's help overcome them, then they 
will doom our souls to hell just as surely as 
immorality, drunkenness, and other gross 
things ! 

May we diligently heed John the Baptist's 
advice in Matthew 3:8: "Bring forth therefore 
fruits meet for repentance ... " 


Peter tells in I Peter 3:10,11, that if we 
would love life, and see good days, we should 
not speak evil or guile. He further says, we 
should hate evil, and do good, and seek peace. 

If only we could more clearly see what we 
might call small sins, as what they are in 
truth: poison to the soul --we would more dili- 
gently root them out. May God help us in this 

Oh! 'twas a little sin, we say; 

It did not matter much. 

Just a white lie; the "old man's" way; 

Just a sharp word, or such. 

Ah, we mean well, we just can't help 
Our failings every day. 
The carnal man is such a whelp, 
He's bound to have his way. 

Is this our attitude in life? 
That we can't rise above 
These sinful attitudes in life, 
To yield to God's great love? 

If this is true within our heart; 
We're not reborn today. 
The Lord has fully done His part; 
'Tis that we want our way. 

If we don't hate the smallest sin, 
And want with all our heart 
To overcome, a victory win, 
Then we've not done our part. 

Let's keep our conscience tender now, 
As on through life we go, 
And when conviction comes, let's bow, 
Repent, and plead, and grow. 


For in our constant seeking him, 
His strength He will impart, 
Until at last we'll be like Him, 
And from all sin we'll part. 
--James Beery 

Nappanee, Indiana 


So many are the influences for evil . Who 
will be a beacon light for truth, purity, and 
holiness? Only those who have washed their 
robes, and made them white in the blood of the 
Lamb can be true bright and shining witnesses 
in this evil world. Only those who are walking 
by faith in the Lamb slain from the foundation 
of the world can be true witnesses. Only those 
who are willing to die to self, the flesh, and 
the earth-minded man, and are looking for a 
city, which hath foundations whose builder and 
maker is God, can be true lights. Out of our 
own mouths will we be condemned if we profess 
to be Christians and yet walk by sight knowing 
only the security this world gives and are 
fearful and unbelieving. Oh for a people who 
are willing to walk by faith, who are willing 
to give up the securities and pleasures of this 
world, and give themselves completely to the 
Lord Jesus without reserve. Only then will you 
see a people of power, peace, and joy- -a people 
with an other world mind set, who are willing 
to be fools in this world for Christ's sake, 
who are willing to count all but loss, for the 
excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ the 
Lord, knowing more than head knowledge, and lip 
service, but the reality of a life hid, with 
Christ in God. Jesus is coming soon for such a 
people. Praise God and the Lamb forever! 

--Kevin Garber 

Twain Harte, California 



JEREMY DUANE MARTIN, infant son of Neil and 
Lois Martin, New Paris, Indiana, was stillborn 
at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 1993, in 
Goshen General Hospital. 

Graveside services were held at 3:00 p.m. at 
Old Brethren Church Cemetery, Goshen. 

We sincerely thank all for their concern and 
kindness shown . 

--Neil, Lois, and family 

A smile you never saw upon his face 

And chubby hands he never clasped around your 

His eyes, they never saw the lighted day, 
And with his little feet he never ran and 


But wait! Through faith we see though 'tis 

through cloudy glass and tear-filled eyes. 
The child so lifeless here is with the Father 

With face uplift in light and life, with love 

so sweet 
Can't we imagine that he'll play with children 

on God' s street? 

The heaviness upon our hearts becomes more 

For we remember through the gift of God's own 

Son we now have sight 
To see beyond this scene of death and pain, 
A life eternally together there with Him. 

The darkness of today makes heaven's light more 

He'll give the strength for each "today" till 

we have clearer sight 
--Written by Miriam Beery 




Romans 15:13: "Now the God of hope fill you 
with all joy and peace in believing, that ye 
may abound in hope, through the power of the 
Holy Ghost. 11 So if we have hope in the promise 
of something better in the future, our afflic- 
tions don't seem too hard. We are told God was 
in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. 
It is too much to understand how God could 
suffer for our sins. But if we accept, we all 
become one with the Father, Jesus, and the Holy 
Ghost. So we need to let the Lord prepare us 
to be in His divine company. 

Mark 8:38: "Whosoever therefore shall be 
ashamed of me and of my words in this adulter- 
ous and sinful generation; of him also shall 
the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in 
the glory of his Father with the holy angels." 
So we see it is necessary to uphold the words 
of Jesus, even though it is dispersed and con- 
sidered ignorant by this generation. 

Romans 1:28: "And even as they did not like 
to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them 
over to a reprobate mind, to do those things 
which are not convenient." So we see the natu- 
ral man wants to follow the knowledge of evil, 
and reject the knowledge of good. God's Spirit 
will strive with man as long as there is hope 
of saving him, but if it only brings resent- 
ment, He will let man depart and have his own 
way to destruction. 

--Ernest Wagner 



In that city, bright and fair 
Soon with loved ones I shall be: 
"Tis built by God, so firmly 
It can never pass away. 

Many loved ones left us 
For that city bright and fair; 
Here no tears are ever shed; 
They with joy are waiting for me. 

Toward that pure and Holy City 
Oft my longing eyes I cast; 
For I know God has prepared a mansion 
In that blest city where all the redeemed 

will go. 
--E.M. Alltus 

Question for the Pilgrim: 

What are the scriptural reasons for not 
teaching the doctrine of "eternal security 11 ? 
And a related question: Can someone be truly 
saved if he is living a very evil life? I 
would like to know to be more able, if possi- 
ble, to give a good answer to anyone who might 

--Martha Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


"Let every one of you in particular so love 
his wife as himself." Ephesians 5:33 

The word husband is an Anglo-Saxon word, 
which means the band of the house, or the mas- 
ter of the house, the one who organizes it, 


and holds it together, and controls it. The 
wife is his chief assistant in this work, 
though often she is the more efficient of the 
two- -the real band of the house. 

Just as all our duties to God and man are 
summed up in the one word love, so all the du- 
ties which the husband owes the wife are summed 
up in the command of the text to love that 
wife . 

Love is a short word, but clustered around 
and folded within its every letter lie all the 
duties that we owe to God and our fellow men. 
Much confusion of thought arises from the two 
or more meanings which the word love has in our 
language. It may mean, as in the command to 
love God and our neighbor, (1) the voluntary 
choice of the highest good and happiness of 
others; or it may mean (2) love as an affec- 
tion, especially as it exists between the sex- 
es. And, under the general duty of love, this 
is the husband's first duty to his wife: 

1. To love her with an affectionate love. 

Some suppose that this kind of love is not 
under one's control; that it comes and goes as 
it will. This is a mistake. It may not always 
be a direct act of the will, but it is under 
the indirect control of the will. 

To preserve this love is a vital part of the 
marriage vow. When a man chooses from all the 
women in the world one woman to be his compan- 
ion for life, he solemnly promises before God 
and man to love her with an affectionate love. 

That love should be as real and genuine af- 
ter they have been married twenty- five or fifty 
years as it is on the morning of the wedding 
day. It need not be so demonstrative. We hard- 
ly expect the same outward expressions of love 
in an aged couple as in the newly-married cou- 
ple. But the love should exist just 


the same- -less demonstrative because age is 
less demonstrative than youth, but real and 
genuine, and manifesting itself in a thoughtful 
courtesy, a true politeness, and a loving gen- 
tleness toward her who has walked by his side 
for many years, and with him borne the burdens 
of life. 

You may give your wife costly Christmas, or 
birthday, or wedding anniversary presents; you 
may furnish her with fine dresses, a beautiful 
home, costly carriages, and send or take her to 
fashionable watering places; but her heart hun- 
gers for something more- -even the free, hearty, 
continued, daily affection of your heart. 
Nothing else can take its place. The other 
things are valuable only as they are tokens of 
such affection. 

And do not always assume that she knows of 
your love. God knows that we love Him- -if thus 
we do- -but He wants us to tell Him of it every 
day. You know that your child loves you, but 
you never tire of having that child put its 
little arms around your neck and say, "Papa, I 
love you ever so much." It will give your wife 
immeasurable pleasure if you occasionally tell 
her, with a kiss, that she is dearer to you 
than ever. 

--by R.T.Cross from Home Duties, 1896-1899, 
an old book found among Aunt Bertie Baker's 
things . 


HOOVER -- A son, Noah David, born January 22, 
to Glen and Rachel Hoover of Goshen, Indiana 

ROYER -- A daughter, Charity Dawn, born Febru- 
ary, 4, to Joe and Elizabeth Royer of Mishawa- 
ka, Indiana. 



Humanity struggles to find fairness and 
equality in the distribution of the world's 
goods and services, and seems to make no 
progress in it. This is not because of a lack 
of laws and legislations, but because of a 
problem within. 

Humanity is selfish. Man would like to do 
his own thing, and receive his share, without 
the sweat and diligence that it requires. With 
this is a spirit that feels that it is "more 
blessed to receive than to give, n but to re- 
ceive in this spirit never satisfies. 

We believe the Christian community has found 
the answer to this social problem, in the Spir- 
it of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. One 
of the great concerns of a Christian is the 
welfare of our fellowman. The apostle John 
says," I wish above all things that thou mayest 
prosper and be in health, even as thy soul 
prospereth. " 

The apostle Paul wrote that: "As we have 
therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all 
men, especially unto them who are of the house- 
hold of faith." If this spirit could be in the 
hearts of all men, there would be no want for 
anyone; those in honest need would never have 
to suffer. 

Scripture says: "Look not every man on his 
own things, but every man also on the things of 
others," And, "But to do good and to communi- 
cate forget not: for with such sacrifices God 
is well pleased." 

To have this concern for our fellowman and 
to do something about it takes discipline and 
self denial. This is not an option, but a re- 
quirement which we find in Jesus Christ. 

"But if any provide not for his own, and 


specially for those of his own house, he hath 
denied the faith, and is worse than an 
infidel." (I Timothy 5:8) 

Ephesians 4:28 says, "Let him that stole 
steal no more: but rather let him labour, 
working with his hands the thing which is good, 
that he may have to give to him that needeth." 

"And that ye study to be quiet, and to do 
your own business, and to work with your own 
hands, as we commanded you: That ye may walk 
honestly toward them that are without, and that 
ye may have lack of nothing." (I Thessalonians 
4:11, 12) . 

Paul writes in II Thess. 3:8-13, "Neither 
did we eat any man's bread for nought; but 
wrought with labour and travail night and day, 
that we might not be chargeable to any of you; 
Not because we have not power, but to make our- 
selves an ensample unto you to follow us. For 
even when we were with you, this we commanded 
you, that if any would not work, neither should 
he eat. For we hear that there are some which 
walk among you disorderly, working not at all, 
but are busybodies. Now them that are such we 
command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, 
that with quietness they work, and eat their 
own bread. But ye, brethren, be not weary in 
well doing. " 

The NIV version of Titus 3:14 says, "Our 
people must learn to devote themselves to doing 
what is good, in order that they may provide 
for daily necessities and not live unproductive 
lives . " 

Col. 1:10 says: " That ye might walk worthy 
of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful 
in every good work, and increasing in the 
knowledge of God." 

--Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


The past several weeks these words have been 
asked a lot. Several of us have had the flu. 
When we are sick the ones around us can see we 
are sick. The Bible tells us of a little boy 
who went with his daddy to the field to harvest 
grain. The child got sick and told his daddy 
that he had a bad headache. His daddy told a 
helper to carry the child home to his mother. 
The child sat on his mother's lap quite awhile 
and then died. The sad mother found a man of 
God and he raised the boy to life again. How 
grateful the Mother was ! 

There are other kinds of sickness that 
aren't so easily noticed by others. Disobedi- 
ence and not telling the truth are serious 

Jesus tells us of a man that had two sons. 
One day the father told the first son to go 
work in his field. The son said he would not. 
Later he changed his mind and went. The father 
told the second son to work also. The second 
son said he would but he didn't go. 

Which son would you say was sick? Both 
looked and acted alike. But the second son is 
in serious condition. If he doesn't find a 
cure he will surely die. 

When we are sick, we go to the doctor and 
get medicine. Your parents can give you the 
medicine for this serious illness. Please lis- 
ten to them. Those that aren't cured will not 
enter into Heaven. 

--Everett Oyler 


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VOL. 41 MARCH, 1994 No. 3 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:ir 

Sung amid the rocks and caves of France during 
the fierce Huguenot persecutions 300 years ago. 

I have a friend so precious, So very dear to me, 

He loves me with such tender love, 

Loves me so faithfully; 

I could not live apart from him, 

I long to feel Him nigh, 

And so we dwell together- -my Lord and I. 

Sometimes I'm faint and weary, 

He knows that I am weak, 

And, as he bids me lean on Him, 

His help I gladly seek; 

He leads me in the paths of light, 

Beneath a sunny sky, 

And so we walk together- -my Lord and I. 

I tell him all my sorrows, 

I tell him all my joys, 

I tell him all that pleases me, 

I tell him what annoys; 

He tells me what I ought to do, 

He tells me what to try, 

And so we talk together- -my Lord and I. 

He knows how I am longing 
Some precious soul to win 
Back to the ways of righteousness 
From weary paths of sin; 
He bids me tell his wondrous love 
And why he came to die, 

And so we work together- -my Lord and I. 

--F.S .Shepard 

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"Love not the world, neither the things 
that are in the world. If any man love the 
world, the love of the Father is not in him." 
(I John 2:15) John wrote it and faithful 
brethren have proclaimed it. Reaction to this 
theme has been varied. Some perhaps will groan 
and sigh with boredom, thinking it is a 'broken 
record 7 --an overdone emphasis. But I am sure 
it is as vital and relevant in our time as 
ever- -and perhaps more so than ever before. 

We hear of people who would tame a wild 
animal like a tiger and have it for a pet. 
Pets like this can be educational; they are 
interesting and beautiful; from knowing them 
and their habits we can see the creative 
ingenuity of God. But they are potentially 
dangerous killers. Most sensible people would 
not consider having such a danger in their 
homes regardless of the benefits. Yet many 
today have allowed television to sit in their 
living rooms. 

I am not armed with statistics (though they 
are available) . Neither do I know how many 
have been killed by "tamed" wild beasts. But I 
can see what is happening in the world around 
us. A whole generation has grown up with a 
steady diet of TV. It has trained the youth to 
need to be entertained. This is the enemy of 
responsibility. We have probably all had the 
feeling of sitting down to a program of 
entertainment of some kind. You need only 
relax, sit back, and enjoy the presentation. 
This can be good for us if the program is 
beneficial. But if this happens regularly and 
no response is required, and the program has no 


value, it is as fatal as the attack of a wild 
beast. Our sense of duty withers and dies. We 
develop an appetite for whatever we watch most. 
Unless there is a dramatic and miraculous 
rescue from such a pattern, we are hooked on 
the "plug- in drug. 1 ' 

We may protest that many programs are good 
and that the TV can be used to spread the 
Gospel. This may be true. After all, TV is 
only an instrument --a medium of communication. 
But my plea is not about what it could be but 
what it is and what it is actually doing in our 

Not long ago we stayed overnight at a motel. 
The TV worked, and I thought I might see what 
is really going on. I was not without a little 
interest in what might be exciting or fun to 
watch. The first program was so repulsively 
violent that we could take only a few minutes 
of it. The next program we watched was full of 
intrigue and evil and wasn't much better. We 
did see also a news type of program describing 
various fruits and some of the problems farmers 
face. Modern, confident, made-up women 
dominate many of the programs . 

Some of you readers could give a much better 
description of what is offered on TV. Some may 
defend it. But I would ask you to assess the 
overall influence it has. Take your Bible and 
see if you can find support for it there. 

I read in Revelation 12:15, "And the serpent 
cast out of his mouth water as a flood after 
the woman, that he might cause her to be 
carried away of the flood. And the earth 
helped the woman, and the earth opened her 
mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the 
dragon cast out of his mouth. 11 This probably 
refers to more than TV. The flood of cheap 
ungodly novels and even pornography is, in our 
time issuing from the mouth of the serpent. 


The "world 11 is swallowing this stuff. How this 
could "help the woman" is not clear, but 
perhaps the market in the world for this 
corruption takes the pressure off God's people 
and helps to identify it for what it is. 

In view of all this, Christians need to be 
on guard. Jesus calls for a separation. In 
Matthew 12:33 He says, "Either make the tree 
good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree 
corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree 
is known by his fruit." He continues with a 
terrible indictment on that generation and on 
ours: "0 generation of vipers, how can ye, 
being evil, speak good things? for out of the 
abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A 
good man out of the good treasure of the heart 
bringeth forth good things : and an evil man 
out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil 
things. But I say unto you, That every idle 
word that men shall speak, they shall give 
account thereof in the day of judgement. For 
by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by 
thy words thou shalt be condemned." 

Some may be able to control the tiger. But 
many do not. Children are growing up without 
being given the training and examples that they 
have a right to receive. Instead of encourag- 
ing children in good things, TV takes up time 
that children should spend in constructive work 
and educational study. Violence and immorality, 
subjects that appeal to the carnal nature in 
children and adults, fill prime time. We 
should mourn and call upon God to use us in our 
time to sound the warning and not be deceived. 

God's Word is pure and clear. It is 
nourishing. If we use it instead of the poison 
the world offers, our children will be healthy 
and strong- -able to resist temptation and to be 
used of God to stem the tide and be a positive 
influence for Christ and the right. --L.C. 


Galatians 1:11 

In many secular professions there are levels 
of knowledge, such as Certified Nursing 
Assistants, Certified Mechanics, Certified 
Accountants. It means that they have reached 
the standard level of knowledge to do the 
service . 

Here, Paul addresses the Galatians, "But I 
certify you, brethren, that the Gospel which 
was preached of me is not after man." (Gal. 
1:11) He is making known a certain fact, a 
simple fact that the Gospel came by Jesus 
Christ. Why would he make such a statement? 
Because he was "amazed that you are so quickly 
deserting Him who called you by the grace of 
Christ for a different gospel; which is really 
not another ; only there are some who are 
disturbing you , and want to distort the gospel 
of Christ." (Gal. 1:6-7 NASB) We can relate to 
that, can't we? It wasn't a totally new 
gospel, but a subtle adding to, a distortion, 
which caused a disturbance. They had added 
Judaism, elevating the "tradition of my 
fathers" (verse 14) , which Paul is identifying 
with here and relates to them details of his 
former life as a Jew. 

This shows how prone we are to listen to man 
if it sounds good or appeals to our way of 
thinking, instead of going straight to the 
Gospel of Christ. "But though we, or an angel 
from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you 
than that which we have preached unto you, let 
him be accursed." (1:8) Paul doesn't put 
himself above error; but Peter was found in 
error (2:11-21), and now these Galatians, these 
once-certified brethren, were fallen asleep 
into error! This should disturb us and cause 
us to search our ways and see if they measure 
up to the Gospel of Christ. 


Now Paul makes a profound statement that 
only an Apostle can make: "For I neither 
received it of man, neither was I taught it, 
but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 11 (1:12) 
Here, Paul is giving his credentials, signify- 
ng his authority. n But I certify you..."; I 
want you to know without question that this I 
preach is not "...patterned after any human 
standard." (verse 11, Amplified) 

He goes even further: He explains that 
after his conversion, or "revelation" he 
"conferred not with flesh and blood" (verse 
16c) for three years but went into Arabia. 
Then, after three years, he returned to 
Damascus and went to Jerusalem to see Peter. 
He was with Peter for 15 days. He saw none of 
the other Apostles, except James, the Lord's 
brother, (verses 16-19) 

He has gone to great length and detail to 
"certify" to these brethren that his 
prerequisites are not from any man, but from 
Jesus Christ alone by communing with Him for 
three years in seclusion from other brethren 
and Apostles . 

Now, getting back to the subject; Paul is 
wanting them to understand that they have 
accepted some false teaching. They need to 
know "that a man is not justified by the works 
of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, 
even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we 
might be justified by the faith of Christ, and 
not by the works of the law: for by the works 
of the law shall no flesh be justified." (2:16) 
Circumcision is of no avail; heritage is of no 
avail; genealogy is of no avail, etc. We are 
not justified by the workings of externals. 
The Lord explained to Paul, "My grace is 
sufficient for thee; for my strength is made 
perfect in weakness." II Cor. 12:9b) 

The Galatians were is a bad way. They had 


built back what Paul had destroyed and in so 
doing were transgressing the grace of God* 
(2:17-21) n For I through the law am dead to 
the law, that I might live unto God* 11 (verse 
19) The law was our schoolmaster, or as 
Charles Williams translates it, "So the law has 
been our attendant to lead us to Christ , so 
that we might through faith obtain right 
standing with God. But now that this faith has 
come, we are no longer in charge of the 
attendant. For all of you are sons of God 
through faith in Christ Jesus . " (3:24-26, 
Williams N.T. In the Language of the People) 
He explains in the footnote for "attendant": 
"Usually a slave who cared for the Greek child 
on their way to and from the teacher." Faith 
took the place of the "slave." So Paul could 
say "I through the law am dead to the law",- the 
law was nullified through Christ Jesus who 
fulfilled the law, but now His grace is our 
very substance. "I do not frustrate the grace 
of God: for if righteousness come by the law, 
then Christ is dead in vain." (2:21) But He 
didn't die in vain! ' We have been freed from 
the bondage of sin and the law (Gal. 2:4; 5:1), 
and because of the resulting liberty, we have 
unspeakabl e j oy ! 

In Acts 15, we have a similar situation. 
The believing Pharisees insisted that the 
Gentiles be circumcised or, "you cannot be 
saved." Then Peter arose and instructed them, 
"And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them 
witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he 
did unto us; And put no difference between us 
and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now 
therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon 
the neck of the disciples, which neither our 
fathers nor we were able to bear?" 
(verses 8-10) Again we see that God needs no 
external distinguishing factor because He 


looks at the heart. That is so hard for 
someone to understand who has relied on 
externals for so long. How could someone be 
cleansed by something you couldn't see? It 
truly is amazing, but Christ did it all for us. 
He cleanses (justifies) our hearts by faith in 
Him. "And by this we know that we have come to 
know Him, if we keep His commandments . " (I John 
2:3 NASB) "For we through the Spirit by faith, 
are waiting for the hope of righteousness." 
(Gal, 5:5 NASB) 

"I certify you, brethren. . . " 

We'll continue into the subject of faith and 
works in a forthcoming article. 

-Ron Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 


On February 6, 1994, I stopped at the AM-PM 
gas station west of Riverbank at approximately 
9:45 p.m. I got gas, used the restroom, and 
when I came out I met two guys who accused me 
of running them off the road. The biggest one 
did most of the talking while the other one 
stood kind of behind me. Right off I knew I 
had trouble, so I started telling them about 
Jesus, that He died for them, and that they 
couldn't afford to die without Him, that He was 
their only hope. I said that all the misery 
and violence and pain was the result of sin, 
and Jesus died because of it. They asked me 
where Jesus was and what was He like. I said 
He was at the right hand of God the Father, and 
also in my heart, that He was totally good, and 
just, and upright, and that He was coming soon 
for His people. He threatened to take me in 
the bathroom, and shoot me through the mouth. 
I said I wasn't afraid to die and that if they 


killed me, I would go to be with Jesus. I 
said, in fact, I would rather leave this world 
of sin and be with Jesus. I think most of the 
battle passed by when they saw I wasn't afraid 
of them, or afraid to die. At least once he 
reached his hand to his back pocket, but never 
brought anything out . I told them my God was 
all powerful, and that they couldn't hurt me 
unless He allowed them to. I said all have 
sinned; that's why Jesus came. He said his 
mother just died, and that she never did 
anything wrong, and was I calling her a sinner? 
I said everyone has sinned except Jesus. He 
asked me why God would allow his mother to die 
since she never did anything wrong. I said He 
is God and I'm not, I can't tell you why she 
died. I'm not sure how long it lasted- -I think 
15 to 20 minutes. He ended up telling me 
several times I was very lucky, and the other 
one said they got the wrong guy. I said if you 
don't remember anything else, remember: You 
can't afford to die without Jesus and His blood 
covering your life. We ended up by shaking 
hands, and I told them I had no hard feelings. 
The more quiet one who stood behind me was 
visably touched when we parted. Praise God for 
His grace and mercy. 

--Kevin Garber 

Twain Harte, California 

Better with God in dark valleys than without 
Him in green pastures. 

Even in this age of inflation, the wages of 
sin remain the same. 






You are to love your wife as you love 
yourself and as Christ, giving Himself for it, 
"So ought men to love their wives as their own 
bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth 
himself- For no man ever yet hated his own 
flesh but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as 
the Lord the Church , " 

This means unselfishness. A husband ought 
always to be ready to risk his life for the 
life of his wife. As he would defend himself 
from harm and danger so should he defend her. 
What shall we say of those husbands, those 
brutes rather, who during a yellow fever 
pestilence in the South, deserted their wives 
when those wives were taken sick, and left them 
to die alone or among strangers? At the risk 
of their own lives, they should have stood by 
them , 

To love your wife as yourself means that you 
provide for her wants as for your own. It 
means that you be careful, at least, for her 
comforts as for your own. It means that if you 
can afford for yourself any of the comforts or 
luxuries of life, you should give her an equal 
share. Are you able to spend ten cents a day, 
or fifty, for fruit, or soda-water? Then you 
should give her an equal amount, or divide that 
amount with her, so that she can have something 
with which to buy the luxuries of her choice. 
If you do not do this, you are selfish and are 
not loving your wife as yourself. 

If you love her as yourself, you will be as 
ready to find excuses for her faults as for 
your own, and instead of speaking to her unkind 


and bitter words — words that hurt--you will be 
gentle in your speech. 

There is a little poem whose beauty as a 
poem is surpassed only by the beauty and truth 
of its sentiment. It is a good poem not only 
for husbands, but also for wives, for parents, 
for children, for brothers and sisters. It is 
a good poem to hang up in your sitting room, 
better still to hang up in your heart, that you 
may never speak to your loved ones any words 
that you will remember with bitter regret when 
their lips and eyes are closed forever. 

"If I had known in the morning 
How wearily all the day 
The words unkind would trouble my mind 
I said when you went away, 
I had been more careful, darling, 
Nor given you needless pain, 
But we vex our own with look and tone 
We may never take back again. 

"For though in the quiet evening 

You may give me the kiss of peace, 

Yet it might be that never for me 

The pain of heart should cease. 

How many go forth in the morning, 

That never come home at night! 

And hearts have broken for harsh words spoken, 

That sorrow can ne'er set right. 

"We have careful thoughts for the stranger, 

And smiles for the transient guest, 

But oft for "our own" the bitter tone, 

Though we love "our own" the best. 

Ah, lips with the curve impatient! 

Ah, brow with that look of scorn! 

'Twere a cruel fate, were the night too late 

To undo the work of morn." 

--by R.T.Cross from Home Duties, 1896-1899. 



Covetousness has a strong hold on unre- 
generate man. If makes him demanding and 
ungrateful. He never refuses aid and is slow 
and reluctant to reach out in aid to other- -or 
is seemingly never able to. He feels like he 
has been bypassed by his fellowmen, and is 
unable to support a corporate effort of the 
church, unless it is for his own benefit. His 
security is in the world's system: Government 
hand outs, playing the insurance game-- 
perchance to be the winner- -demanding the limit 
and more- -demanding his "rights", playing the 
lottery system for the million dollar sweep- 
stakes, continually eating the bait of the 
business world to get something free. Someday 
he'll be the winner and can be delivered from 
covetousness . 

Jesus has called us to be the light of the 
world. We are to let our light shine in the 
presence of men, that they might see the road 
of truth and right. For us to be a light in 
the matter of covetousness, we need to be 
delivered from its bondage, through the power 
of the Holy Spirit. 

Scripturally we should feel a greater 
blessing in helping in the need of our 
fellowmen than if we would win a million 
dollars, truly believing "it is more blessed to 
give than to receive . " 

It's quite clear in scripture that our 
material status has no bearing in this 
testimony, as the poor widow has shown us. 
(Mark 12:42-44) 

It seems like most of us have to experience 
being on the receiving end at times. It is 
part of God's plan to purify us. When we 
receive aid from someone, we understand that it 
was freely given- -no demands made. But we know 



it wasn't "free" for the one who gave it; it 
cost my brother's toil and sweat. He willingly 
shared his life with me. This produces a 
relationship that nothing else will, if we have 
been delivered from covetousness. 

So it is with salvation that our Lord gave 
us. It is free, but not until we can feel and 
sympathize with what it cost Him, can we really 
have a meaningful relationship with Him. 

A covetous person is attracted to the 
community of believers because he desires the 
blessing of receiving, but not until he had 
found the greater blessing of giving, will he 
find true joy and blessing. 

Matthew 7:16 says: "Ye shall know them by 
their fruits . " 

--Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee , Indiana 


Ruth Flora 

9701 Hogpath Rd. 
Greenville, OH 45331 

Dale Savage' s 

236 E. Main St. 
P.O. Box 258 

Gettysburg, OH 45328-0258 
(513) 447-9211 

Greg Flora' s 

68607 C.R. 13 
Nappanee, IN 46550 
(219) 831-6437 


BOWMAN -- A son, Ian Michael, born February 22 
to Jerry and Janelle Bowman of Tipp City, Ohio. 



A Christian doesn't just say 
I love you Jesus and go his way 

A Christian is saved, that is true, 
Because of this, he learns to do. 

He doesn't just listen and hear 
But obeys his Lord with holy fear. 

He endures in trouble and in trial, 
And encourages others with a smile. 

He knows that Jesus may come today, 
He is ready, His lamp lights his way. 
--by Sharon See 

Santa Rosa, California 


II Corinthians 10:5: "Casting down 
imaginations, and every high thing that 
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, 
and bringing into captivity every thought to 
the obedience of Christ." So we know, we have 
a constant struggle in our hearts to maintain 
the truth, against the flood of falsehoods of 
our day, when Satan is making a last effort to 
gain the victory over Christ. --Ernest Wagner 


We, the members of the Old Brethren Church 
in California, have agreed to hcrld our Spring 
Lovefeast, the Lord willing, at Salida on April 
16 and 17. We sincerely welcome all to come and 
be with us at this time of communion and 
revival . - -Joseph L . Cover 



I'm working for Jesus 

To please Him each day 

In each thought and action, 

In each word I say. 

It is not by might 

Or what I have done, 

But by His great power 

The crown shall be won. 

I'm looking to glory! 

0, wondrous delight! 

I see Jesus standing 

In heaven's own light. 

I'm happy, so happy! 

All glory to God! 

I tread heavenly pathways, 

In Christ's armor shod. 

It's not always easy, 
To keep in His way, 
But, dear friends, I tell you, 
Oh, please let me say; 
It is not by my might 
Or what I have done, 
But by His great power 
The crown shall be won. 

--Selected by Emily Brubaker 


On January 9, we were happy to have Anthony 
Byers unite with us by Christian baptism upon 
the confession of his faith in Jesus. May he 
ever be true to the One who brought life and 
salvation to all who will faithfully serve Him, 

.--Melvin Coning 


In the spring we see birds pulling worms out 
of the ground. The bird that gets there first 
gets the worms. That is how the birds get 
their strength to do their duties. They work 
hard. Have you ever watched one make a nest? 
They make many trips back and forth until the 
nest is finished. They are careful what they 
use. If they would use just anything the nest 
would fall apart. Then the babies would be 
eaten by the waiting cat on the ground. 
Sometimes we see a picture of a roaring water 
falls with the water rushing fast over the 
rocks. Over the water is a tree limb. In the 
limb is a bird on a nest. The bird is happy 
and content. She knows the nest is built well. 

Children are like little birds. They are 
always hungry. Be eager to learn what your 
parents teach you. Be like the bird in the 
yard. Work and work till you have the worm. 
The earlier you digest what you are taught the 
stronger you will be. Someday you will build 
strong homes for others. What you do now will 
affect others. Some one is watching you. Do 
not build your future with just anything. 
Remember the bird. Search till you find the 
proper material . Jesus says children should 
honor their parents. You can give them the 
highest honor by doing what they tell you. 

The child that learns the good things early 
gets the blessing. --Everett Oyler 



19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


*0L. 41 APRIL, 1994 No. 4 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:it 


Jesus lives! I live with Him. 
Death no more my soul shall frighten, 
Now He lives, and at His call, 
From death's sleep I shall awaken; 
I am glorified in Thee; 
This my confidence shall be. 

Jesus lives! O'er all the world 
Power supreme to Him is given. 
With my Saviour I shall live; 
I shall reign with Him in heaven. 
Thus in God confiding still; 
He His promise will fulfill. 

Jesus lives! And I shall find 
Life in Him and full salvation. 
Ne'er oppose Him; He shall then 
Make your heart His habitation. 
Weakness is overcome in Thee; 
This my confidence shall be. 

Then rejoice, His children dear, 
In His guidance and protection; 
Death may come, but do not fear: 
There shall be a resurrection 
When the final trump shall call, 
From the graves awaking all! 

--Translated from the German 
from Zion' s Harp 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church, Subscription rate: $$.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover- 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


The hymn says, "My Saviour bore it all for 
me." Lately we have been remembering vividly 
the suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection of 
Jesus Christ. Even though it happened nearly 
2000 years ago, the account is fresh in our 
minds because we are so closely involved. 
Another hymn says : 

It was alone the Saviour prayed 
In dark Gethsemane,* 
Alone He drained the bitter cup 
And suffered there for me. 

The fact that He suffered alone, suffered 
for me, accomplished what we could not do, and 
rescued us when we were in such need, shoul 
make us forever grateful* 

Consider how in need we were. If we do not 
know the truth about ourselves- -that is, if we 
believe life is over when we die physically, 
then we are not so impressed by this need. But 
if we believe what God has revealed about us — 
that when we die here we will be called to give 
account of our stewardship on earth- -then we 
can see more clearly why God Himself provided a 
way for us to escape condemnation. He loved us 
and gave Himself for us. 

Out in the middle of the Niagara River just 
above the famous falls is lodged an old steel 
barge. It clings to a tiny but firm island, 
though it looks as if it could break loose at 
any time and be swept over the falls. Whaf~ 
relief the men on that barge must have felt- 
when it lodged there! This is how man was 
headed for certain destruction, but rescued 
just in time. 

As the men on the barge were, we were 


without power to rescue ourselves. "For when 
ve were yet without strength, in due time 
Christ died for the ungodly." "...While we 
were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Read 
this in Romans 5 . To save ourselves would be 
like standing on a board you were trying to 
lift. It would be like two men falling from a 
cliff saying to one another, "Here, stand on my 
hands and I will lift you back up. " We were 
like the man in the parable Jesus told in 
Matthew 18:23-35, He owed his king 10,000 
talents, and he had nothing at all with which 
to pay him back . The only way it could be 
settled was for the king to forgive him. 

For us to be forgiven, sin had to be atoned 
for. This Jesus did for us. There was no 
other way. This we know from the words Jesus 
prayed in the garden: "0 my Father, if it be 
possible, let this cup pass from me: never- 
theless not as I will, but as thou wilt." That 
cup was His suffering and death- -His humilia- 
tion at the hands of those whom He had created. 
He did this for me. Hallelujah, what a 

It remains for us to respond to this 
Saviour. In our modern world, where more and 
more He is simply being igr _ ^d, we must 
present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy, 
acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable 
service. Confess Him before me s Saviour and 
Lord. Study to please Him. Adore, honor, 
worship Him and Him alone. 

As we were powerless to save ourselves from 
judgment, so are we unable to live a life of 
service to Him except by the power of His 
Spirit . He calls us to our own death and 
resurrection. Paul says "I am crucified with 
Christ : nevertheless I live ; yet not I , but 
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now 
live in the flesh I live by the faith of the 


Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for 
me. n "If we be dead with Him, we shall als' 
live with him. " Jesus made this provision f 01 
you and me. Praise His holy name! 

For me Christ died; for me He rose; 
For me He conquered all my foes; 
For me His life He freely gave 
In victory over death and grave. 

If this is true that I was lost 
And only One, at highest cost, 
Could take my place and thereby free 
My soul from death and misery; 

What kind of life ought I to live; 
What everlasting thanks should give. 
But woe is me; I still am not 
Able to serve Him as I ought. 

help me, Holy Spirit; fill 

My feeble heart, that somehow still 

1 may confess Him everywhere 

Because for me He suffered there. -L.C. 


I recently had the privilege of taking a 
hike from the top of a mountain, down into a 
valley where a stream was running. I was 
amazed at the beauty of the lush green grass 
and plants. There were various kind of wild 
flowers blooming and the birds seemed so happy 
filling the air with their songs. At one place 
in particular the air was so perfumed, I had to 
stop a bit and take it in. It seemed so 
peaceful and full of life, quite a contrast 
from the mountain top. I believe there is a 


spiritual application here we can benefit 
vy. You could liken the valleys to a cup,- they 
tend to hold the rain and the riches from the 
highlands while the mountains shed the rain. 
Also the valleys seem emptied of self, while 
the mountains seem full. I will liken the 
mountains to the lofty attainments of man, that 
which he tends to glory in, and the valleys to 
the low places in life: sorrow, suffering, and 
brokenness. Man tends to glory in the 
mountains, but God sees great beauty in the 
valleys. For only when we fall on the Lord 
Jesus, and are broken, or die to self, can we 
bring forth fruit to His glory. "For unto you 
it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only 
to believe on him, but also to suffer for his 
sake." (Phil. 1:29) And we are made joint 
heirs with Christ, If so be that we suffer with 
iim. (Rom 8:17) If we know the Lord, the 
valleys can be a blessed and life giving time 
of sweet communion with the King. For it's 
while going through the valleys of sorrow and 
brokenness that His Presence seems nearest. 
The riches that come from walking with Jesus 
far exceed anything this world has to offer. 
For His name shall be called Wonderful. Jesus 
who knew the beauty and splendor of heaven, 
descended into the valley of this world for the 
suffering of death. But, the beauty that 
shines forth from Calvary ! He invites us to 
walk with Him through the valley of this world, 
not expecting our reward here, but laying up 
treasure in heaven. Jesus said, "Blessed are 
the poor in spirit." Why? Because the high 
\nd lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose 
name is Holy,- saith, I dwell in the high and 
holy place, with Him also that is of a contrite 
and humble spirit. I don't think pride is much 
of a problem to the poor, those that hunger 
now, those that weep now, those who are hated 


now for Jesus sake. • Jesus said those are 
blessed. But He said, woe to the rich, to the 
that are full, to them that laugh now, to those 
whom all men speak well of. Why? Could it be 
because it's very hard to tread the mountains 
of this world without our hearts being lifted 
up with pride. And pride is the original sin 
that started the whole sin problem. And also, 
how can we take our ease, and eat, drink, and 
be merry, when the very souls Jesus died for 
are perishing. Someday, "Every valley shall be 
filled, and every mountain and hill shall be 
brought low. . . " (Luke 3:5) Are you like a 
mountain, filled with self, praised of men, but 
not of God? Or are you like a valley, emptied 
of self, broken before God, and ready for His 
filling? Blessed are those who are willing to 
walk the valleys of this world for Jesus sake 
for someday they shall go to the mountain c 
the Lord. --Kevin Garber 

Twain Harte, California 


We were taught in our home never to speak 
lightly of sacred things. The seriousness of 
baptism was impressed on us early in life. 
Baptisms were high spots in church life: a 
time for uniting of hearts and reaffirmation of 
the faith. All who could, went, of course. 
Usually it took place in a stream or lake. 
This time, the Lord, being merciful, had shown 
our brother, Joseph (the oldest of seven 
children) , his need of a Saviour, and this was. 
the day of his baptism. 

He had wept as he confessed his need in the 
"family worship" circle. As I (his junior by 
eight years) had always idolized him as my "big 
brother, " I could not understand why he was so 
bad. I had always thought otherwise. 


A small boy's admiration of big brother 
always watched and was ready for encouragement. 
When he was chosen to stack straw at the end of 
the old time thresher, the small boy was no 
doubt the more proud of the two. When the 
straw carrier broke and big brother called them 
to stop, and one of the men said, "Bless the 
boy, " it seemed wonderful to have such an 
important brother . 

Then there were cold nights when we laid 
"spoon-fashion" in bed to keep warm. Here I 
was drilled in the alphabet and later in the 
multiplication tables. Our papa liked to see 
us together and planned accordingly. Big 
brother cut the wood, I carried it in; he led 
the animals to water while I pumped; I drove 
for him while he cultivated. He was always a 
ready doctor for all my small ills. 

Sitting in the family circle while he wept, 
we children all felt "shook up" inside. I'm 
sure we all felt the same. If he had sinned, 
how about us? However, we were all praying 
children (we prayed at bedtime, kneeling at our 
beds, each taking turns according to age, 
repeating the time-honored prayer of childhood, 
"Now I lay me down to sleep..."), and did not 
question matters we felt were the concern of 
our parents. A sweet sacredness settled upon 
our home . 

Our church group was admittedly strict. We 
knew something of the past struggles to get 
away from infant baptism. The brethren would 
ask the applicant for baptism, "Is this your 
choice? " The church rules were given and 
accepted. Individual and group responsibil- 
ities were taken on as a matter of course. 

We children instinctively grew in his 
experience. We knew his sincerity. He was 
starting his manhood in open acceptance of the 
Christian faith, with the Bible as the inspired 


Word of God; knowing too he was setting an 
example for the rest of us. 

There is nothing quite like Christian 
baptism outdoors in a flowing stream. We who 
have had this experience should be truly ' 
thankful . Of course all who have taken this \ 
step of faith in following their Lord should 
treasure those precious moments associated with 
their first love and obedience to Christ. 

Someone had to go ahead to open and close 
the gate, where we left the road to follow some 
old half -forgotten trail through the bushes. 
Clouds of mosquitos awaited in the shadows, and 
one tried to tie his horse in the sunlight . 
Turtles and frogs blissfully sunning on the 
river bank and fallen logs promptly dived into 
the depths below. Noisy birds quieted to watch 
from some aerial perch. Grazing cows kept ^ 
respectful distance, the bells on their necl 
telling their whereabouts; a distant dog's bark 
showed he knew something unusual was happening . 
Small boys looked for flat stones to skip on 
the water, but were quickly restrained. 

There was singing, perhaps the old favorite: 
"In all my Lord's appointed ways 

My journey I'll pursue. 
Hinder me not, ye much loved saints; 
For I must go with you." 1 
Portions of Matthew 18 were read and commented 
upon and then all knelt in prayer "down by the 
riverside" . The baptizer first waded in to 
find a suitable place, pushing in a stick to , 
mark the place. The applicant was then j 
immersed according to Bible formula. 

There were tears of joy and fond embraces i 
the shore of the river. Time seemed to stanu 
still as eternity's values were "written with 
an iron pen and lead in the rock forever." The 
die was cast and there was no turning back. 
Happy hearts rejoiced with the angels in 


heaven . 

There is joy among the angels, 

And their harps with gladness ring 
When a sinner comes, repenting, 
Bending low before the King. 
Tiny water skaters, their thread-like knees 
akimbo, came back to glide over the sacred 
spot. Wild things resumed their daily 
activities. Soon the last buggy left and there 
was nothing to show we had been there but our 
tracks on the shore. 

In much appreciation, 

James D. Cover 

from "Michigan Memories" 


JAMES DAVID COVER was born September 28, 
1898, and passed this life in Modesto, on March 
7, 1994, at the age of 95 years, 5 months, and 
7 days . 

He was born to Joseph M. and Anna (Mohler) 
Cover at Covert, Michigan. He had one brother, 
Joseph, and five sisters, Orpha, Ruth, Alice, 
Ella, and Esther. 

In 1908, the family moved to California and 
settled in the Blue Gum area in Modesto. On 
November 1, 1922, he was married to Elizabeth 
Wagner. They lived continually in the Modesto 
area and happily celebrated a 70th wedding 
anniversary in November of 1992. 

He was engaged in farming in his early years 
and later became an employee of Modesto City 
Schools. He loved children and was active in 
children's work, both in Church and in Child 
Evangelism, for a numbc l of years. 

He was preceded in death by his wife 
Elizabeth in 1993, hxs brother, Joseph, and 
three sisters, Orpha Barton, Alice Skiles, and 
Esther Wagner. 


James is survived by his six children: 
Louise Buckley of Modesto; Joseph D. Cover o*" 
Baltimore, Maryland; Betty Thompson of Exeter, 
California; Robert J. Cover of Smithville, 
Ohio; Richard D. Cover of Northfield, 
Minnesota; Nancy Ames of Crestwood, Kentucky; 
two sisters: Ruth Barton, who will be 99 years 
of age this year, and Ella Wagoner, who is 90. 
Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 27 great- 
grandchildren, and one great -great -grandchild, 
and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held March 12, 1994, 
at Salas Brothers Chapel in Modesto, and 
conducted by Pastor Joel Richards and Elder 
Leslie Cover. Interment was in the Wood Colony 
Cemetery . 

The Family wishes to express their 
appreciation for all the love that has been 
shown them at this time. 

--The Family 



Give her your confidence. Unbosom your 
heart to her. She is not a plaything, a mere 
ornament to your home. She is your helpmeet in 
all the affairs of life. Let there be no 
permanent secret between you and her. Tell her 
your plans and talk them over together. Let 
her know how your business is carried on and 
how you are prospering. Teach her how to 
transact business. It will be very useful f 
her in case of your death. You and she art. 
one. You have one interest in life, and hence 
no diverse interests. 

One reason why I have never joined any 
secret society, especially any of those that do 


not admit women, is because I have never 
bought it right, or according to the true 
intent of my marriage vow, to spend fifty-two 
nights in the year, or even one night in 
fifty- two years, in a place where what is done 
and said must be forever kept a secret from 
her, between whom and myself there should be no 
permanent secret. 

But what if the wife is not worthy of 

I will answer that question when I speak of 
the duties of wives. It is certainly a sad 
state of things when husband and wife cannot, 
or do not, confide in each other. Take away 
mutual confidence and mutual love, and their 
union, though it be a legal one, is not a true 
union, so far as the true ideal of marriage is 
-concerned . 


In many ways she will comfort you, and you 
should take pains to make the burdens and 
sufferings of life easier for her. Hannah, the 
mother of Samuel , had a model husband in this 
respect . Read I Samuel 1 : 8 and you will learn 
how he comforted his wife. 

If you are unconf idential and unsympathetic, 
the trials and sufferings and afflictions of 
your wife will be much more severe and more 
difficult to bear. Your business trials are 
fully equaled by the trials which she has in 
the household. By sympathy and love you can 
bear one another's burdens and make them both 

It may be that death will darken the 
threshold of your door and claim as his own one 
of the fair flowers that so sweetly blossomed 
in your home. Your grief will be great, but 
remember that she who bore the child, who 
brooded over it, who nourished it, who tended 


and caressed it through many weary hours when 
you were absorbed in business, will have--:' 
possible- -a greater grief. Comfort her then; 
Kneel by her side in the agony of her grief. 
Be with her all the time that you can. You are 
absorbed in business or work through the day, 
and can easily forget your grief. She must 
remain all day at home, where, at every turn, 
she sees something to remind her of her loss 
and to stir up anew the fountain of her grief. 
Let your arm of love support her. Perhaps she 
has a Comforter whom you do not know, but even 
the divine Comforter, though not dependent 
upon, nevertheless often uses human love to 
comfort stricken hearts. 

And when the bloom of youthful beauty has 
departed from the face of your wife, taken away 
by bearing your children and by carina 
faithfully for you and yours, when perchanc 
she is laid on a bed of lingering sickness, 
then, of all earthly loves, yours should bring 
to her the most of comfort and of joy. 

--by R.T.Cross from Home Duties, 1896-1899 


We of the Salida Congregation were all happy 
and rejoiced with the angels when Laura Cover 
on March 13, and Lois Flora on March 17, chose 
to follow the Master and received Christian 
baptism. May they be faithful and helpful in 
God's kingdom. --Joseph L. Cover 


CABLE- -HUFFMAN Larry Cable and Liana Huffmau 
were married March 5, 1994, in Bradford, Ohio. 
Their address is: 8408 Little Richmond Rd. 

Dayton, Ohio 45426 
(513) 854-0160 


March question for the Pilgrim: 

What are the Scriptural reasons for not 
ceaching the doctrine of "eternal security"? 
And a related question : Can someone be truly 
saved if he is living a very evil life? 

--Martha Wagner 

On this subject study these scriptures: 
John 10:27-28; Romans 8:29-31; I Peter 1:5; II 
Peter 1:10; I John 3:9; Romans 7:15-25; 13-14; 
I Corinthians 5:1-5; 9:24; 10 : 12-13 ; II Cor- 
inthians 2:11; 11:3; Galatians 6:1; Colossians 
3:5-6; Jude 24; Revelation 20:12-15; Matthew 
27:3-5; Mark 14:66-72. There are probably 
other scriptures besides these, but this gives 
us a good start. We can say that we are secure 
in Christ , but we always must add an " if 11 
because it is conditional upon how we walk; 
if " we are faithful , M if " we are holy, " if we 
fight the good fight", etc. We must realize 
though, that it is conditional on man's part 
and not God's; it is man that disinherits his 
adoption through sin and dysfunctional faith. 

--Ron Cable 

We must remember that this doctrine, which 
is better described as unconditional eternal 
security, has been debated in the church for 
centuries. We know that the scriptures teach 
consistently, and the differences of doctrine 
come from our failure to understand correctly. 
We certainly believe that we have security in 
Christ and for eternity when we are His 
obedient children. We also read that His mercy 
^ndureth forever. But when we rebel or take 
our own way and willingly fall into a sinful 
life, neither the Word of God nor any true 
Christian teacher will give us comfort or 
assurance . The second question is easier to 
answer. Jesus says, "A good tree cannot bring 


forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree 
bring forth good fruit. Further scriptures t 
study are Romans 11:20-22/ Colossians l:21-2o 
Hebrews 6:4-9; 10:26-31; II Peter 3:17. --L.C. 


God, wanting to bring us to His love and 
knowledge, declares that we need to trust Him, 
and that not until we can do this is He able to 
mold us into His likeness and virtues. 

The scriptures have much to say about the 
blessings that follow those that trust Him. 
(Psalm 37:3-5, Matthew 11 : 28-30, 23 : 37) 

One translation of Romans 3:31 says that 
only when we trust Jesus can we truly obey Him. 
To trust is a needed emotional part of our 
being. It is resting in and drawing from a 
securtiy and support beyond our o\ 
capabilities. To trust, the mind has to 
experience a knowledge of a subject or being 
that has proven its worthiness of this respect. 

There is no excuse for man not to trust God; 
for He has never failed us. 

In like manner, we have been called to be 
trustworthy. Without this attribute it would 
be impossible to bear fruit that brings honor 
and glory to God. To have the respect of trust 
that enriches our fellowmen's lives, can only 
be had when we have a godly concern for their 
welfare, knowing that without this we would be 
unable to bless others. 

Trust is one of the main pillars of strength 
and beauty in Christ's kingdom. It is a living 
testimony against the world's hell of mistrust 

We are often moved to thanksgiving for the; 
blessings that come from trust in the community 
of believers. Trust in our fellow believers in 
seeking a life companion is a blessing the 
world can't experience. To be able to trust 



The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren 
jhurch will be held this year, the Lord 
willing, on May 20, 21, and 22, at the meeting 
house near Wakarusa, Indiana. Friday will be 
council day; Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost) 
will be for public preaching; and Saturday 
evening will be for the Communion service. A 
hearty invitation is extended to all of our 
brethren, sisters, and friends to attend. 

--Melvin Coning 


II Corinthians 13:5: "Examine yourselves, 
whether ye be in the faith; prove your own 
selves . Know ye not your own selves , how that 
^^Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be repro- 
bates?" So we need to examine ourselves at 
times. Peter gives us an outline of things to 
study; II Peter 1 : 5-11 . If we follow his 
advice, we can be sure we are going the right 

--Ernest Wagner 

one's companion in marriage produces homes that 
onor God. 

We are blessed by God and others that are 
faithful in the ministry of trust. Now the 
challenge is- -are we a blessing to our 
fellowmen, without favoritism, by being 
constant and dependable? Can we be counted on 
to have the good of others at heart , at the 
cost of our own personal liking or comfort? 

When the ministry of trust is lost, the 
cause of Christ has ceased in our lives. 

Are we looking to the perfect example of 
trust? (II Cor. 13 :5) 

--Kenneth Martin 


"Mother, can we have corn for supper?" asked 
seven year old Amos after their busy day. 

"We sure can." said Mother. "Please get a 
package out of the freezer." 

Amos got the package labeled "corn." Mother 
opened it, but instead of corn it was beans. 

"But Mother," said Amos, "the label said 
corn. I do not like beans." 

Mother said, "We have to eat them now. 
Daddy will soon be ready to eat. Someone put 
the wrong label on the package. Amos, this 
package reminds me of children. You want to be 
good. But it seems like you forget and are 
naughty at times. Someone may see you and 
remember you by the bad things you have done . 
This is putting a bad label on you." 

Cain and Abel were the first children on the 
earth. When they were small, they were happy 
and played together like all children. As they 
got older, things began to change. The Lord 
was pleased with Abel. Cain didn't make the 
Lord happy. Cain realized this and he was 
jealous of Abel. When they were in the field 
working, Cain killed Abel. The Lord told Cain 
he would be labeled as a bad person everywhere 
he went. 

Like the package of beans, the label says 
one thing but something else is in the package. 
Man can only see what is on the outside. Jesus 
knew there were beans in the package . We had 
to believe the label. If someone has labeled 
you wrong, Jesus knows you are trying to be 
good. --Everett Oyler 



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VOL 41 MAY, 1994 NO . 5 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.11 


Holy Ghost, with light divine, 
Shine upon this heart of mine; 
Chase the shades of night away, 
Turn my darkness into day. 

Holy Ghost, with power divine, 
Cleanse this guilty heart of mine; 
Long hath sin, without control, 
Held dominion o'er my soul. 

Holy Ghost, with joy divine, 
Cheer this saddened heart of mine; 
Bid my many woes depart; 
Heal my wounded, bleeding heart. 

Holy Spirit, all divine, 
Dwell within this heart of mine; 
Cast down every idol throne; 
Reign supreme, and reign alone. 

—Andrew Reed, 1787-1862 

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Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: ^£00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover- 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


The giving of the Holy Spirit was God's fi- 
nal act in the plane of redemption. Atonement 
for sin had been made; Jesus' power in resur- 
rection was demonstrated. Now the believers 
were to be filled and empowered to live lives 
for God and to carry their Gospel to "the ut- 
termost part of the earth." That day the 
Church of Jesus Christ was born. 

Pentecost is not a holiday on most calen- 
dars. The world hardly notices it; most people 
would not know when it is or what it means. 
But to God's people, what happened on Pentecost 
is of top significance. It was prophesied by 
Joel. Peter preached that day. About 3000 
were added to the church and baptized. 

Pentecost now means power in God's people. 
Without the power, we are only ordinary or 
less. With God's Spirit we are God's instru- 
ments. When Stephen preached and men of the 
synagogue disputed with him, "they were not 
able to resist the wisdom and spirit by which 
he spake." Paul who opposed Stephen later had 
this same power after he was converted. 

Is Pentecost power still available to us to- 
day? Yes, we qualify if we are called of God. 
"For the promise is unto you, and to your chil- 
dren, and to all that are afar off, even as 
many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 
2:39) That promise is remission of sins and 
the gift of the Holy Ghost when we repent and 
are baptized. 

Read carefully the chapters of The Acts that 
follow. Do we want what Peter and John had? 


They were imprisoned for telling what they knew 
about Jesus. We don't see much pleasure in 
their lives- -at least the way the world defines 
pleasure. But they had Jesus, His Spirit and 
the hope of eternal life. They were not ready 
to give up their faith in any persecution or 
hardships. And neither will we. The promise 
is to us, "afar off" as we are. --L.C. 


Mother- -one of the dearest of the 600,000 
English words. Most of us, hearing this word, 
form a picture in our minds of that special 
person who bore us, nourished and trained us, 
and loved us with unconditional and selfless 
love. Each year a day is set aside to remember 
that person so special. 

Motherhood is a great privilege and also a 
grave responsibility. With our limited vision 
we sometimes wonder why God denied the privi- 
lege to some who seem so deserving and capable, 
and gave it to some so poorly qualified. Our 
purpose is not to question the infinite wisdom 
of God, but to appreciate our own good mothers 
and to encourage those who have this responsi- 
bility to give birth to children and, with 
their husbands, to rear them for the Lord. We 
also would recognize those faithful sisters who 
have no children of their own, but contribute 
so capably to helping care for children of oth- 
ers . 

"A man's work is from sun to sun; a woman's 
work is never done." This saying hints of the 
magnitude of the task of motherhood. A word of 
warning: motherhood is not for the lazy, self- 
ish, or pleasure- seeking. It is for the most 
skilled, the capable, the loving, the selfless, 
the strong in faith, those who walk with God. 
Though motherhood comes as such a natural state 


to many, it should not be entered into lightly. 
It is a challenge to the strongest. 

Perhaps because of the greatness of the 
tasks, this caring for children can be discour- 
aging business. I write, of course, as an ob- 
server, but one who is close, first as a son, 
then husband, and then father of mothers. 
There is a great need in our society for dili- 
gent mothers. Those who realize this, can 
easily despair at their own seeming failures. 
But those who try and sometimes fail are not 
the real problem. Many children in our time 
are simply allowed to grow up without direc- 
tion. Oh, yes, they are being trained. All 
are being trained, but some without caring par- 
ents are brought up by TV, the neighbors, the 
school, or the movies. Children with good 
Christian parents should indeed be thankful. 

Like any other profession, motherhood can be 
studied and improved. Good advice can come 
from Christian sisters who have reared their 
own children. There are good books and espe- 
cially the inspiring Word of God to study. Be- 
ware of child training literature that ignores 
or even contradicts the unfailing principles in 
the Bible. 

One of our daughters who is a busy mother 
takes comfort from the third verse of the hymn 
"Seedtime and Harvest": 

Though life may appear as a cold barren waste, 
And comes no return of the bread you have cast 
Contribute to do loving deeds as you go; 
The harvest is nearing- -"We reap what we sow." 

To all sincere Godly mothers, overworked 
though you may be, there is rest and reward 
ahead. Children disciplined to obey on the 
first command grow to be obedient in other 
areas: the government, the school, the Church 


of God. Those taught to be on time and to be 
neat and clean will make you happy as they grow 
this way as adults. The children from a loving 
home with regular mealtime, Bible reading and 
memorizing, and routine jobs or chores will be 
able to handle the small, sometimes monotonous 
demands of life and make good marriage part- 
ners, good citizens, and good servants of God, 
As you patiently direct the habits of your 
children, God will compensate for all your la- 
bors by showing good fruit in their lives. 
Galatians 6:9: "And let us not be weary in 
well doing: for in due season we shall reap, 
if we faint not . " 

Henry Ward Beecher said, "A mother has per- 
haps the hardest earthly lot; and yet no mother 
worthy of the name ever gave herself thoroughly 
for her child who did not feel that, after all, 
she reaped what she had sown." 

May all you dear mothers that sow in tears, 
also reap in joy. (Psalm 126:5) May your la- 
bors be repaid one hundred fold as you see your 
children choose the right and follow the Lord. 
And to you children, there is a saying, "Don't 
let your parents down; they brought you up." 



I hear so much talk these days about a free 
gift. The gift, they say, is salvation. Is 
salvation really free? Romans 3:24: "Being 
justified freely by his grace through the re- 
demption that is in Christ Jesus." What this 
is saying is that we have free access to the 
forgiveness of our sins. This is not saying 
you can just accept Christ and go on your same 
old path. I imagine most of you agree with me. 
However, does your life show it? I hear so 
many times that we are not saved by works, and 
that's true. However, works will condemn you. 


I don't care how much you belxeve in God or how 
strong your faith is, if you sin and don't seek 
forgiveness, you're lost. Look at Moses lead- 
ing the children of Israel to the Promised 
Land. God told him to speak to the rock, but 
he smote it. Because of this he could not en- 
ter into the Promised Land. 

Second, let's look at the parable of the 
talents. (Matthew 25:14-30) We can see here 
that two of the servants gained more talents, 
but the one hid his talent. This made the mas- 
ter very wroth and he cast the servant into 
outer darkness. Christ does expect us to grow 
spiritually and to bring others to Him. We 
can't just sit down and do nothing. 

Third, let's look at Matthew 18:7: "Woe 
unto the world because of offences! for it 
must needs be that offences come; but woe to 
that man by whom the offence cometh!" This is 
a very sobering verse. In verse 6 it says that 
it were better for us to be drowned than to of- 
fend someone who is new or weak in the faith. 
Let's build up the weak in faith and encourage 
the new in faith to study God's Word and be 

So in conclusion, I will agree that God's 
saving grace is free, but the road after we re- 
ceive it can be trying and sometimes right down 
hard. I think it's dangerous to tell someone 
that all they need to do is ask God to forgive 
them and they're saved. Even though Moses had 
faith they would make it to the Promised Land, 
he wasn't allowed to go in because of disobedi- 
ence. So, whether you sit on the last row of 
benches or are the minister, you must have a 
strong faith, ask forgiveness, and keep the 
commandments and ordinances of God. Failing in 
these areas will lead you to eterAal damnation. 

--Arlan Wray 
Pomona, Kansas 


(We agree with Brother Arlan in the preced- 
ing article, but want to be understood. The 
freedom of the grace wherein we stand was cost- 
ly to the Saviour. It will cost us our wills. 
God is merciful but we must seek His mercy. It 
is true as Matthew Henry comments, ,! We add no 
part to the price of our redemption.") -Ed. 


Love, joy, understanding, miracles and forgive- 
ness of sin. 

A new kind of life, a new Kingdom to win. 
Fishermen, tax collectors, old men, proud and 

Eating meat with the outcast, greater than the 
strongest, humble with the weak. 

Physical Man with sorrow, hunger, thirst and 

weary frame. 

God-man with power, unlimited wisdom and Holy 


A virgin His mother, His Father the Creator of 

heaven and earth. 

Teacher, Philosopher, Prophet, ordained Savior 

from birth. 

Arrested, trial, false accusations, half 

truths , mob rule reigns . 

Beaten, ridiculed, inhuman treatment, suffering 

pains . 

Asked to deny His Sonship to the one true God 

of all, 

He speaks words of love and patience, not one 

vile name does call. 

Darkness, seeming defeat, nail -pierced hands, 
blood pouring from His side. 

Punishment of thieves, friends hang their heads 
in shame and hide . 


God's plan for man's salvation, reaching from 
time past to time to come. 

There is no other name in Heaven or Earth man 
can seek forgiveness from. 

Brightness, victory, empty tomb, our resurrect- 
ed Lord! 

An unusual appearance before disciples, hope 

Ascension to Heaven, gift of the Holy Spirit, 
first Church ordained. 

Despite persecution, destruction, and martyrs, 
many souls gained. --James Hite 

Palmyra , Pennsylvania 

"I know thy works. . .and faith. . , " 

That was Jesus speaking, to the church in 
Thyatira. But He says more: "I know thy 
works, and charity, and service, and faith, and 
thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be 
more than the first." (Rev. 2:19) These breth- 
ren were growing in their works, increasing the 
evidence of their faith through their love, 
service, and patience. Truly they were showing 
their faith by their works. But we come to 
Christ by faith. 

Paul declares to the Romans, "Therefore be- 
ing justified by faith, we have peace with God 
through our Lord Jesus Christ." (5:1) Because 
of what Jesus did for us, we obtain peace with 
God from our right standing with God by our 

Now, jumping to Galatians 5:4, Paul tells us 
that Christ has had no effect on us if we at- 
tempt to be justified by anything else other 
than faith in God and if we do try, we are 
fallen from grace. He also told the Roman 
brethren that "...a man is justified by faith 


without the deeds of the law." (3:28) We need 
to realize that Paul is stressing faith in 'or- 
der to counter-balance the works of the law 
teaching. We need to realize also that Paul is 
referring to the Jewish law here, which they 
were regressing back into. 

Is Paul saying that works have no place in 
the Christian's life? Shall we just conclude 
with one writer that it is hopelessly obscure? 
"Shall we sin because we are not under law but 
under grace? May it never be . . . ! Having been 
freed from sin, you become slaves of righteous- 
ness . " (Rom. 6:15,18 NASB) 

In his closing chapter to the Galatians, he 
makes some statements that balance things: 
"Let every man prove his own work . . . And let 
us not be weary in well doing : for in due sea- 
son we shall reap , if we faint not." (6:4,9) 
Faith is not passive, it is active and living; 
"...if it hath not works, is dead, being 
alone." (James 2:17) "My brothers, what good 
is there in a man's saying that he has faith, 
if he has no good deeds to prove it? Such 
faith cannot save him, can it?" (James 2:14, 

Jesus himself told the Jews, "...the works 
that I do in my Father's name, they bear wit- 
ness of me." (John 10:25) Works witness! How 
simple! How could we think otherwise? But no- 
tice that it is in "my Father's name"; works 
must be accompanied by the witness of the Spir- 
it. (I John 5:10) 

In Hebrews we find more evidence for works: 
"Let us continue so to consider one another as 
to stimulate one another to love and good 
deeds." (10:24, Williams) "After ye have done 
the will of God, ye might receive the promise" 
(eternal life) (v. 36b) 

In Colossians Paul instructs them to 
"...walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, 


being fruitful in every good work , and increas- 
ing in the knowledge of God." (1:10) 

So, what saves us, faith or works? Christ 
told the Centurion, "...Go thy way; and as thou 
hast believed, so be it done unto thee." (Mt . 
8:13b) "...And Jesus, seeing their faith..." 
(Mt. 9:2) Jesus saw their faith because they 
came to Him believing that He could heal them, 
and He did. There are many examples of this; 
another of the woman who touched the border of 
His garment and was healed, and Jesus told her, 
" of good comfort: thy faith hath made 
thee whole,- go in peace." (Lk. 8:48) How did 
He see their faith? They came to Him believ- 
ing ! They sought Him earnestly! 

Some came to Him; some touched Him; some 
were touched by Him; some said nothing; some 
called Him Lord. All were a result of simple 
faith , belief , trust in His Lordship, that He 
was truly the Son of God and could save them. 

We can see then, that faith "makes us 
whole"; that "...the Holy Scriptures, which are 
able to make thee wise unto salvation through 
faith which is in Christ Jesus." (II Tim. 3:15) 
See also Rom. 10:9; I Cor. 1:21; 15:2. 

"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the 
Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves 
the Father loves His child. This is how we can 
be sure that we love the children of God, by 
continuing to love God and to obey His com- 
mands . For love to God means this, to practise 
obedience to His commands, and His commands are 
not burdensome, for every child continues to 
conquer the world. Our faith is the victory 
that has conquered the world . Now who is it 
that continues to conquer the world, if it is 
not the person who believes that Jesus is the 
Son of God?" (I John 5:1-5, Williams) 

Now if faith is victory , this indicates much 
action in faith; and if it has conquered the 


world then it is action empowered by the Holy 
Spirit and not of man. 

Therefore Paul certifies the Galatian breth- 
ren, "For in union with Christ Jesus neither 
circumcision nor lack of it counts for any- 
thing; but only faith that is spurred on to ac- 
tion by love." (Gal. 5:5, Williams) That de- 
scribes it so well! Spurs gouge us in our 
sides (where Jesus was pierced) ; causing a re- 
flex of jumping forward, action, rearing to go I 
Reflexes are instantaneous in a healthy, normal 
nervous system, thus the great difficulty in 
separating faith and works; two entities that 
occur in split-second succession, by love. 
However, any works that we attempt to do for 
the purpose of justification in any way will 
come to nought, if it is for selfish reasons. 
The Pharisees were such people, but "we through 
the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness 
by faith." (Gal. 5:5) We live in the Spiritual 
realm, the kingdom "not made with hands." What 
is the "hope of righteousness"? Eternal life 
with Christ and all His saints! 

(to be continued) --Ron Cable 

Goshen, Indiana 


Lord, give me patience when wee hands 

Tug at me with their small demands. 

Give me gentle and smiling eyes; 

Keep my lips from hasty replies. 

Let not weariness, confusion, or noise 

Obscure my vision of life's fleeting joys. 

So, when in years to come, my house is still-- 

No bitter memories its rooms may fill. Amen. 

--Author Unknown 

Selected by Everett Oyler 



John the Baptist said: Matthew 3:11: "I 
indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: 
but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, 
whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall 
baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with 
fire:" Jesus said, "As many as I love I rebuke 
and chasten, be zealous therefore, and repent." 
Despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor 
faint when thou art rebuked of Him. Let Him 
make us as He wills. 


Ecclesiastes 7:14: "In the day of prosperi- 
ty be joyful, but in the day of adversity con- 
sider: God also hath set the one over against 
the other, to the end that man should find 
nothing after him." The present age of indus- 
trial developement has left a great amount of 
waste to be disposed of, which is contamenating 
water, air, and soil. When God created the 
earth, He made provision to handle all this by 
evaporation and rain to take impurities out of 
water and air. So we wonder when it will be 
necessary to dissolve this earth and make all 
things new. --Ernest Wagner 


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To bring worship, praise, and honor to our 
heavenly Father is the desire of all believers. 
This is a Biblical requirement and should be a 
spontaneous result of knowing Him. 

We can manifest this in different ways. 
Modern Christianity is claiming this in a new 
dimension and is causing many to believe that 
excellence in demonstration of words and emo- 
tion in worship, is what makes us righteous and 
acceptable to God. 

Jesus declared to the woman at the well --God 
is seeking true worshipers- -worship that comes 
from personal knowledge and relationship with 
the One being worshiped. 

The Scriptures tell of men that were moved 
to worship in many different settings and 
experiences- -from a natural victory (Ex 15:1), 
to the losing of all that a man had. (Job 1:20) 

Israel desired and claimed to be God's only 
people. They claimed this through proper wor- 
ship in their precise, regulated ceremonies. 
God's response was that He couldn't tolerat 
it. It was a stench in His nostrils, be 
it lacked spiritual discernment of a life ti 
honored the One being worshiped. 

The only valid proof in us of God's sover- 
eignty is the overcoming life- -a life that is 
bearing spiritual fruit — in righteousness, 
peace, and holiness reproving the world in its 
moral rot and decay. Where the overcoming lif 
is not manifested, we have no legitimate wor- 
ship and praise to bring to Him. 

True worship comes from a total trust and 
commitment to the One being worshiped. 

This is how Christians can be thankful in 
all things and why they can worship in loss a 
disappointment. Circumstances aren't what de 
termine true worship. 


True worship manifests power that Satan 
hasn't been able to overcome. It is what makes 
Satan flee. (Matthew 4:10,11) 

--Kenneth Martin 


In the third chapter of Romans, the Apostle 
Paul explains that true righteousness comes 
through faith in God and not through the deeds 
of the law. He begins by establishing the ab- 
solute righteousness of God. Paul then goes on 
to describe the unrighteousness of man and ex- 
plains the role that the law has in making us 
conscious of our own sin. He briefly tells 
about the salvation that is now available 
through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. 
The chapter ends with the conclusion that man 
is not justified by the works of the law but by 
faith in God. 

The first seven verses of the third chapter 
of Romans speak of the faithfulness of God. 
Paul first explains that the Jews have an ad- 
vantage over the Gentiles because they have 
been entrusted with the "oracles of God" (God's 
Word). He then establishes the fact that God's 
righteousness does not depend upon whether men 
believe His Word or not. Paul makes it very 
clear that it is not the evil deeds of men that 
make the righteousness of God manifest. It 
seems that Paul may have been misquoted as say- 
ing "Let us do evil, that good may come." or 
some similar statement. In the seventh and 
eighth verses he forcefully refutes this. 

In the ninth verse Paul establishes the uni- 
versal unrighteousness of man, both Jew and 
Gentile. Beginning in the tenth verse, He 
quotes from seven Old Testament passages that 
demonstrate the unrighteousness of man. In the 


twentieth verse he concludes that " the 
deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justi- 
fied in his (God's) sight: for by the law is 
the knowledge of sin." 

The remaining verses of the chapter give the 
solution to man's problem. Paul states that 
the righteousness of God is now available to 
all that believe, regardless of whether they 
are Jew or Gentile. He also makes clear that 
this righteousness comes by faith in Jesus 
Christ and not by the deeds of the law. The 
Apostle Paul concludes that the law has not 
been "made void" or nullified by faith but has 
been established by faith. 

It must be made clear that although we as 
Christians are not subject to the law of Moses, 
we are subject to law- -the law of the gospel. 
The gospel of Jesus Christ goes farther than 
the original law ever did. The gospel addres- 
ses our motives and internal desires rather 
than focusing on external ordinances and ac- 
tions. This ought to instill in us a desire to 
learn more about God and the work of Jesus 
Christ by diligently studying His Word, the Bi- 
ble. --Edward Wagner 

Of many things my mother did 

I'd often question why. 

Then she would turn and look at me 

And with a smile reply, 

"I have a reason." 

We're all small children in God's sight; 
We question, but we know He's right 
And has a reason. 

We'll never understand it all, 
Why ills sometimes to us befall, 
But there ' s a reason . 

--J.G. Hootman 


This time of year we see nature coming to 
life. The ground is made ready to plant the 
seed. Soon we see the small green shoots of 
corn beginning to grow. Nature then takes 
over. The corn develops to a mature stalk and 
produces good seed. God controls the rain and 
sunshine to make the small blade of corn grow. 

We compare the small blades of corn to the 
new born babies. A mother must provide a suit- 
able place for her little ones to grow. Her 
wishes for her little ones are like the corn in 
the field. She wants the children to mature 
and produce good fruit. God controls your 
Mother. How thankful you should be. What 
would it be like if Mother wouldn't love and 
take care of you? 

While walking in the woods, a small child 
said, "Take me where the flowers are." We 
found the flowers. Children, I can tell you 
where you can find a flower more precious than 
the ones in the woods . Look at your Mother and 
you have found the "Special Flower. 11 

Do you want to give your Mother something 
special for Mother's Day? Hug her and tell her 
you will try to be an obedient child. Then she 
can enjoy this special present all year. 

When you obey Mother, you make her labors in 
life a lot easier. I trust you can all do 
this. God bless all you children. 

--Everett Oyler 



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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.11 



A careful man I want to be: 

For my family follows me. 

I do not dare to go astray 

For fear they'll go the selfsame way. 

I cannot once escape their eyes; 
Whatever they see me do they try; 
Like me they say they're going to be — 
For my family follows me. 

They think that I am good and fine; 
Believe in every word of mine. 
The bad in me they must not see — 
For my family follows me. 

I must remember as I go, 

Through summers 's sun and winter's snow, 

I'm building for the years to be 

For my family follows me. 

— Author unknown 

adapted by Shirley Byler 
from A Wo man B y God's Grace 

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He didn 1 1 ask to be born. His life had 
not been pleasant. His parents had given him 
many luxurious things that money could buy. 
They had let him choose his own clothes. He 
had his distinct likes and dislikes in food. 
He had friends. But somehow all these had 
not made him happy. Now he was in trouble 
with the law. The police had caught him and 
his comrads in a robbery. Oh no, they didn't 
need the things they stole, but it looked 
exciting. In the arrest the officer read to 
them their rights according to the law. 

Rights! Everybody has rights, or so they 
claim. Do children have rights? Were there 
some things this boy missed out on that he 
really needed and had a right to have? Who 
failed? Whose fault was it that he was now 
in trouble? Where does one find happiness? 
Do children need to be bored — dissatisfied 
looking for something more thrilling? What 
rights are there that, if given to children, 
will make happy and useful Christian youth? 

Children have a right to be loved — loved 
enough to be disciplined. All too often we 
see parents in public treating their children 
like untrained dogs. Loving, consistent 
discipline works . Shouting and giving 
children a countdown doesn ' t . The children 
are blessed that have persistent parents that 
can use "the rod" when they are naughty, and 
then comfort the child in their arms, 
assuring him he is loved and precious. The 
writer of Proverbs tells us that if you beat 
your child with the rod (This sounds severe, 
but does not mean abuse.) he shall not die, 


but you will deliver his soul from hell. 
(Proverbs 23:13,14) Obey the words of James 
where he says... "let your yea be yea; and 
your nay, nay. . . M 

Children have a right to a true example. 
This challenges us older ones, because we 
know we are not always perfect examples. But 
if children are expected to "Obey (their) 
parents in the Lord, " then they have a right 
to godly parents giving fair, cheerful 
instructions to obey. They have a right to 
parents who are stable and consistent, 
teaching their children order and giving them 
routine chores and regular mealtime. "And ye 
fathers , provoke not your children to wrath : 
but bring them up in the nurture and 
admonition of the Lord." 

Children have a right to absolute honesty 
and to know the truth. "Thy word is truth." 
One outstanding advantage of the Christian 
schools is the opportunity to teach every 
subject in relation to God's Word. Children 
have a right to know the truth of Creation 
and of God's directing of all of human 
history. God made the laws of gravity, 
inertia, and friction. He set the rules of 
mathematics and knows the answer to every 

Those with only an earthly outlook 
maintain children have a right to clean air, 
pure water, and undepleted resources. But 
clean air will not help children if their 
atmosphere is polluted by swear words, dirty 
jokes, immodest clothing, idleness and 
extravagance. Clean water will not replace 
the pure Word of God. All the resources of 
the earth are not worth "the pearl of great 
price" which is a place in God's family with 
the resources of His grace and mercy. 


Should a child or young person be required 
to do work he does not enjoy? Hoeing weeds 
in the garden is not exactly fun. Neither is 
picking up toys, doing dishes, or sweeping 
out the car. But a child has a right to be 
taught a wholesome attitude toward work. 
There are satisfying rewards for honest labor 
that go beyond the work itself such as 
responsibility, contentment, usefulness, and 
submission. One young man told some children 
who were unwilling workers, "You eat here, 
don't you?" 

Many children are forced to make choices 
they are unqualified for — what to wear, what 
to eat, who their friends will be. Some must 
even choose which parent they will live with. 
Children have a right to have difficult 
decisions made for them. It is one of the 
duties of parents. 

Jesus gave children as an example of the 
kingdom of God. But it was not today's 
boldness He was commending. Respectful 
children are appreciated by all around them 
and welcome even in retail stores. 

Children have a right to be taught proper 
manners, to say "Please" and "Thank-you." 
They have a right to be kept clean and be 
taught personal hygiene — "Wash your hands." 
"Brush your teeth . " They have a right to 
good music, and to be encouraged to memorize 
Christian songs and precious Bible verses. 
They should be given an appreciation of the 
beauties of nature, an example of kindness to 
the elderly and of reaching out to the needy. 
Children given these rights will not be in 
the hands of the police, a liability to 
society, but will be bright stars in God's 
glorious future. — L.C. 



Some believe that the discrepancy between 
Paul and James is vivid and irreconcilable; 
even obscure. Some believe that Paul does 
not teach works at all; that he teaches faith 
alone — only believe. But we have seen that 
this is not true; that if we really study his 
writings with an open mind, we do find the 
teaching of works through faith. Likewise, 
James teaches works through faith. "My dear 
short-sighted man, can't you see far enough 
to realize that faith without the right 
actions is dead and useless? Think of 
Abraham, our ancestor. Wasn't it his action 
which really justified him in God's sight 
when his faith and his actions were, so to 
speak, partners — that his faith was 
implemented by his deed?" (James 2:20-22, 
Philip) In Romans 4:2 Paul states, "...if 
Abraham were justified by works, he hath 
whereof to glory; but not before God." They 
do seem to differ on justification by works 
or faith, though Paul states elsewhere that 
". . .it is God that justifieth." (Rom. 8:33) 
The point is; Paul was exhorting against the 
dead works brethren. James was exhorting 
against the dead faith brethren. They were 
both teaching to an extreme to bring back in 
balance the imbalances. We need to stand 
back and look at the whole picture of our 
study, not just two or three verses. 
Consider who is writing and consider whom he 
is writing to. 

Another point to observe here is that Paul 
is teaching about access to salvation. (Rom. 
10:10; 1:16; II Cor. 7:9-11; II Tim. 3:15) 
We cannot earn our salvation by works in any 
way. Christ has done the "works" part of our 
salvation, and what a great work it was! Our 


part is to believe, have faith, trust, 

repent, receive the gift of God, renew our 

mind! It is only through the power of the 

Holy Spirit in us that any good thing occurs. 

(Rom, 7:18) 


This is Peter's instruction, implying that 
we begin with faith and then build from there 
on. It is like building a house; the 
foundation is mostly hidden under the earth 
while supporting the whole structure of the 
house built on it. We can't see faith, yet 
faith is the evidence of things unseen 
because the whole Christian structure is 
built on it, so the structure is the 
substance of the good foundation: faith. 
(Hebrews 11:1) A seed illustrates more 
exactly this aspect: The substance of the 
seed is seen only after it is planted, 
watered and cultivated; the resulting 
substance of the seed is seen in the 
structure of the plant. Faith is the seed, 
the plant is the works. 

We can say then, fa it h supports works; 

works being the structure, faith the 
foundation. Faith is seen only through the 
works, actually making works the evidence of 
the faith. If we try to build without the 
foundation of faith, the structure of works 
will ultimately collapse. Likewise, without 
the structure of works the foundation of 
faith will lie there unseen, without 
structure, supporting nothing. 

Now, what do we add? What are the works? 
"...Virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, 
godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity." 
(II Peter 1:5-7) Note in verse 8 that these 
increase our knowledge of Christ! "...Love, 
joy, peace, longsuf f ering, gentleness, 
goodness, faith, meekness, temperance," 
(Gal. 5:?2-23) 


Jesus also describes the result of faith 
in Mat. 5: 3-12; Luke 6:20-2 6. John F. Mac- 
Arthur, Jr. in his excellent book The Gospel 
According to Jesus, says of these beatitudes: 
"Its foundational characteristic is humility 
— a poverty of spirit, a brokenness that 
acknowledges spiritual bankruptcy. Genuine 
believers see themselves as sinners; then 
know they have nothing to offer God that will 
buy His favor. This is why they mourn (Mat. 
5:4) with sorrow that accompanies true re- 
pentance. It crushes the believer into meek- 
ness (v. 5); he hungers and thirsts for right- 
eousness (v. 6). As the Lord satisfies that 
hunger, He makes the believing one merciful 
(v. 6), pure in heart (v. 7) and a peacemaker 
(v. 9). The believer is ultimately persecuted 
and reviled for righteousness sake. (v. 10) 

"That is Jesus' description of true faith. 
It starts with humility and reaches fruition 
in obedience. The obedience true faith 
produces is more than external; it is an 
obedience that issues from the heart. 
...This kind of righteousness does not merely 
avoid acts of adultery; it goes so far as to 
avoid adulterous thoughts. It eschews hatred 
the same as murder." (Zondervan: Grands 
Rapids, 1988. p. 177) 

So we see the Christian has much fruit to 
bear from the heart, but it is only born by 
the seed of faith through the mercy and grace 
of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

"And I saw the dead, small and great, 
stand before God; and the books were opened: 
and another book was opened, which is the 
book of life: and the dead were judged out 
of those things which were written in the 

books, ac co rding tn their w orks. ( Rev. 

20:12, 13) "But ye, beloved, b uildin g up 
y ours elves on your mo st holy fai t h / praying 
in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the 


1. '■■ 'e of God, looking for the mercy of our 
Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." (Jude 
20,21) --Ron Cable, 

Goshen, Indiana 


Tell me about when you were saved. 
Well. . .1 knew that it was important to be 
baptized, and as my friends were baptized one 
by one, I kept thinking I should be too, but 
I was scared! I finally got up enough courage 
to say I wanted to be, too! 
Okay. Go on. 

Go on? . . .Uh. . .well, I realized what the 
Bible said you should do, about the prayer 
covering, about dressing modestly, though it 
was quite a change having to wear the 

...Uh...I tried not to do anything bad. I 
tried to be obedient, not wear makeup, not 
listen to bad music, or watch bad things or 
go anywhere bad. I tried to break bad 
habits, and be gentle and meek and friendly 
and. . .Well, what do you want? 

I want you to tell me what salvation is . 
The things you mentioned certainly have their 
place, but they are, or should be results of 
salvation. But as the song says- 

You can do all of the right things 
But for the wrong reasons. 
You can say all of the right things, 
And still not change your heart. 
There's got to be a change. 
You've got to be made new. 
You've got to die to yourself 
To get the change in you. 
Do you have time for a story? I know 
you've read it, and you've heard it read many 
times, but I'm not sure you've ever really 
und e r s ^~ o o ci it. So ^ ^ cr,^r, c r* r *s f u .1 1 y 


In the beginning God decided to create 
something beautiful. He created an awesome 
universe, covering unfathomable space. He 
created galaxies, each one a vast group of 
distantly spaced stars. He made planets, 
much smaller than the stars. The planets, at 
least the ones we know, circle a rather small 
star we call the sun. One of the planets is 
called earth. On earth, God created plants 
and animals. They were mere specks of dust, 
when compared to the earth, not to mention 
the universe. But the plants and animals, 
without a will, did what God made them do. 
God wanted something, someone, who would obey 
Him because they loved Him. So He made man, 
tiny specks of dust on a speck of dust called 
earth — and He loved them! 

He asked them to love Him enough to obey 
Him, and not eat of the tree of knowledge of 
good and evil. 

But man, His beloved creation, disobeyed 
Him! Then He made them leave the lovely spot 
He had made for them, lest they should eat of 
the tree of life, and live for ever in such a 
state. For you see, God is a just God, and 
man deserved to die. If man should live for 
ever in such as state, how miserable would 
that existence be? And how could God rejoice 
in His creation? 

Well, someone perfect would have to die, 
or all would die. But who is perfect except 
God? So God's Son died for us! He came in 
the form of a man, suffered from the 
temptations we suffered, but never sinned. 
Then He shed His blood, at our hands, for our 
sins! Those He loved so much, crucified Him! 
Yet He loved them! He rose from the dead, 
and still loved them! He still loves... us. 

Now we must once again make a decision. 
Will we love Him. in return, as He so richly 
des^rv '" ^ ^ Hp so areatlv rip°^ rp^? Wi l 1 u p 


weep in pain again, as He sends you away 
from His presence, because you never accepted 
His gift of eternal life with Him? 

What more can I say? 

What more can I do? 

I gave my life away 

To show my love for you! 

Once you were a slave, 

But now you've been set free! 

Do you still choose to wear the chains 

That I died to release? 

'Twasn't for nothing that I died! 
' Twasn't for nothing that I cried! 
'Twasn't for nothing that I bled upon 

that free? 
You are the reason, my friend, 
And I would do it all again, 
Just to bring another lost soul unto me. 

If you have realized what He has done for 
you, and how impossible it is to return that 
love, and your heart is broken because you 
have broken His, and you love Him because He 
loves you, and you desperately want to serve 
Him in any way possible, no matter how hard 
or insignificant that serving is, not to pay 
Him back, but just because you love Him, 
then, friend, you know what salvation is ! 
And how could anyone turn their backs on such 
a God?! — Martha Wagner 

Gettysburg, Ohio 


On April 24, we were happy to have Nina 
Byers unite with us by Christian baptism upon 
the confession of her faith in Jesus. May 
she ever be true to the One who brought life 
and salvation to all who will faithfully 
serve Him. — Melvin Coning 



In the apostle Paul's defense of the proof 
of his apostleship, he said, "Truly the signs 
of an apostle were wrought among you in all 
patience, in signs, and wonders and mighty 
deeds . " 

But the proof that should have convinced 
those who were doubting his office should 
have been this: "Now thanks be unto God, 
which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, 
and maketh manifest the savour of his 
knowledge by us in every place* For we are 
unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them 
that are saved, and in them that perish: To 
the one we are the savour of death unto 
death; and to the other the savour of life 
unto life. And who is sufficient for these 
things? For we are not as many, which 
corrupt the word of God: but as of 
sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God 
speak we in Christ." II Cor. 2:14-17 

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or 
need we, as some others, epistles of commend- 
ation to you, or letters of commendation from 
you? Ye are our epistle written in our 
hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch 
as ye are manifestly declared to be the 
epistle of Christ ministered by us, written 
not with ink, but with the Spirit of the 
living God; not in tables of stone, but in 
fleshly tables of the heart. And such trust 
have we through Christ to God-ward. Not that 
we are sufficient of ourselves to think any 
thing as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is 
of God* Who also hath made us able ministers 
of the new testament; not of the letter but 
of the Spirit; for the letter killeth, but 
the Spirit giveth life." II Cor. 3:1-6. 

What the apostle is saying to those who 
were trying to gain the pre-eminence over 


him, and were claiming to be more 
excellent than he, was that if the pedigrees 
of men would determine this proof, he could 
outdo them all, but the seal of an apostle is 
in fruit-bearing — "By their fruits ye shall 
know them. " 

When the word comes alive in the heart of 
a man, it is usually the result of a living 
testimony of Jesus observed in our fellowmen. 

What a privilege we have to dwell in Godly 
homes and be a part of a spiritual community 
that reminds us daily of the life of our 

To be a living testimony of Jesus that 
wins men to truth is the most noble act of a 

— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



Man was created with an intelligent sense 
to respond to God's love and care. When man 
refuses and turns away from God, it leaves a 
feeling of an unfilled need, which causes man 
to seek to fill by other reasons as idols, 
false gods, drinking, smoking, recreation, 
lust of the eyes, etc. This is becoming a 
great problem today, including drugs to try 
to ease the conscience. The love of money 
and the comfort of riches, is also a great 

--Ernest Wagner 



What will it cost to follow Christ? 
The timid soul will ask. 
What must I pay? How is it priced? 
If I would do His task. 

What all is there I must lay down, 
So I'll escape from hell? 
So that at last I'll get a crown, 
With me all will be well. 

How sad it is to thus start out, 
And concentrate on loss. 
That we should sit and look about, 
And value place on dross. 

Oh! Can't we grasp that earthly things 

Will soon all flee away? 

True treasure God can only bring 

To those who live His way. 

Oh may we look to Christ, and then 
See dimly there at least, 
The great free gift from God to men 
His everlasting feast. 

So many lasting treasures there 
Our hearts can't comprehend; 
He has prepared things good and fair 
And joys that ne'er shall end. 

Come let us cast the dross away 
And gladly yield to Him. 
Solid treasure He'll give today 
And heaven we'll enter in. 

— James Beery 


We ' ve promised to be faithful ! Do you 
recall the day, 

When in baptismal waters you promised to 

That solemn, sacred covenant with God and 
Christ His Son, 

Was that you would be faithful, till death 
would call you home. 

We've promised' to be faithful! And we can 
rest assured, 

That Christ will never fail us — He always 
keeps His Word. 

His promises forever will stand and not 

Though all of earth and heaven be 
destroyed and pass away. 

We've promised to be faithful! Since 
Christ fulfills His Word, 

Should we not also daily keep this promise 
to our Lord? 

Our vows were heard in heaven our names 
were written down; 

Oh, will they in the Judgment Day still in 
God's Book be found? 

We've promised to be faithful! Then let us 
never shirk 

This serious commitment — He needs us all 
to work! 

To labor in His vineyard, be watchful unto 

To have a love for others, salvation news 
to share. 


We've promised to be faithful! Can those 
who come behind, 

Consistent, true examples in us as 
Christians find? 

Are we a light that's shining, and 
burning clear and bright, 

That others, who observing, will see 
Christ's ver y light? 

We've promised to be faithful! When Jesus 
does return, 

Then will He find a people who for His 
coming yearn? 

May we be in that number! -oh friend, do 
not delay, 

To make His great salvation your blessed 
choice today! 

We've promised to be faithful! The Lord 
rewards His own, 

For He that overcometh will be seated near 
His throne; 

Be clothed in pure white raiment, possess 
a crown of life 

Will know a peace eternal, untouched by 
earthly strife. 

We've promised to be faithful! Oh, what a 
charge to keep! 

May Jesus find us faithful, not lazy and 

Yes, through His grace and mercy, His 
everlasting love, 

He '11 give us strength for service, 'till 
we are called above. 

--Rhoda Coning 
Goshen, Indiana 


A little pig will squeal and squeal 
When it is hungry for a meal. 

It does not bow its head and pray, 

For food that comes to it each day. 

It gobbles down its food too fast, 

Then settles in the mud at last. 

Now listen, dears, and you will know, 

That children never should act .so. 

They should not whine, nor should they squeal 
When they are hungry for a meal . 

With patience they should wait for meals, 
And sing, instead of giving squeals. 

And they should pray before they eat 

To thank the Lord for bread and meat. 

Please, do not gobble down your food, 

But eat like little children should. 

— Margaret Horst Yoder 

from Poems For Memorization 



19201 Cherokee Rd. 
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VOL.41 JULY, 1994 NO. 7 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: 11 


Under an eastern sky, 
Amid a rabble's cry... 
A Man went forth to die,... 
For me, for me. 

Thorn crowned His blessed head, 
Bloodstained His every tread; 
Cross laden, on He sped,... 
For me, for me. 

Pierced His hands and feet, 
Three hours o'er Him beat 
Fierce rays of noon-tide heat,... 
For me, for me. 

Thus wert Thou made all mine; 
Lord, make me wholly Thine; 
Grant grace and strength divine... 
To me, to me. 

In thought and word and deed, 
Thy will to do, O lead 
My soul, e'en though it bleed... 
To Thee, to Thee. 

—John Long 

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Some call it fiction; some call it man's imagination; some 
regard it as great literature. In a religious paper, an opposer 
was quoted as saying, "You are crazy to believe in God. God 
doesn't exist. The Bible is absurd. " But believers know that the 
Bible is the Word of God that will not pass away, even when all 
we see around us is gone. 

God's Word is the vital link between God and His creation. 
Jesus is called the Word in John 1. When we believe this we 
can see that through God's Word, written and incarnate, He has 
chosen to reveal Himself to man. To only a very few has God 
shown Himself in any other way. 

Because God's Word is such a vital link to man, Satan has 
taken every means to discredit it (and Him). Critics have tried 
to point out errors and contradictions. God raises up those who 
can answer them. Through ungodly rulers, Satan has tried to 
eliminate it by making it illegal to own a Bible. Brave believers 
died for this, and God protected His Word. Possibly even more 
sinister is the attitude today by many: that God's Word is great 
literature, but not necessarily true-that it cannot stand against 
the theories of science. Again God will protect His Word and 
reward any who simply believe what He says. 

I have noticed that every person of normal intelligence has 
some creed or system of thinking. It will either harmonize with 
God's Word or tell the place of it as authority to the one who 
believes it. That is, we will either be instructed by the Word of 
God, or we will find some philosophy to replace it. 

The philosophers of the past made one mistake, as I see it. 
And we can make the same mistake if we are not careful. They 


did not start with God's Word. Some of them perhaps had no 
access to it In starting at something else in their reasoning they 
could not arrive at truth. Some reasoned about what is good 
and valuable. Some saw the word and concluded that God 
must exist but apparently had no present interest in creation. 
Some speculate about reality and what it means to exist. Some 
seek for truth but cannot find it. What is freedom? What is 
right or wrong? And on and on. Without the solid foundation 
of the Word of God, there can only be questions with no certain 

To believers, God f s Word is true. Jesus tells us this, "Thy 
word is truth." It stands alone as the standard of truth; every 
book, writing, or statement must be measured by the Word to 
determine its value. If it is contradictory to God's Word, it is 
wrong. If it explores into areas unrevealed in God's Word, it 
still must not contradict it. 

To believers, God's Word is a guide. f, Thy word is a lamp 
unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 1 ' As a traveller needs a 
map, so a Christian needs God's Word. Our life is a journey 
made up of many steps. The U.S. Constitution, the Magna 
Carta, or even the decisions of Christians of the past simply will 
not replace the Word of God as our guide book. 

To believers, God's Word is food. Job said, "I have 
esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary 
food." Jesus (the Word) tells us we must eat His flesh and 
drink His blood. It is vital that we partake of Christ to live. 
With this in mind, is it right to eat three meals a day and snacks 
in between and then have only a chapter or two of God's Word 
for daily spiritual food? When Satan tried to tempt Jesus to 
make bread out of stones, Jesus quoted to him, "It is written, 
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that 
proceedeth out of the mouth of God." It is still true in our day. 
Jeremiah 23:29 says, "Is not my word like a fire? saith 


the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" 
In comparing God's Word to fire, perhaps the picture is to 
overcome error, lies, or heresies. When we think of the Word 
like a hammer, we realize it can break hard hearts. 

God's Word shows us His nature—what He is like. We need 
not wonder about God when He has spoken to us. It is sad to 
hear people blame Him when things do not go their way. Even 
some believers sometimes say they are angry at God or that He 
didn't understand their needs. God's Word reveals to us that He 
never makes mistakes. He may allow things that are not His 
will, such as people sinning or being lost. He allowed Satan to 
afflict Job. But He is always in control. Satan could go only as 
far as God allowed. 

God's Word is quick, powerful, and sharp. (Hebrews 4:12) 
Peter calls it "sincere milk" that we should desire as newborn 
babes. What a picture! Babies cannot live and grow without 
milk. Jesus says that those who reject Him will be judged by 
His Word in the last day. (John 12:8) 

This precious Word is to be sown in the world. When it 
finds good and honest hearts, it takes root like grain and 
produces a bountiful harvest. 

What a privilege we have to be able to read and understand 
God's Word! Today we leam to read and write to be able to 
communicate in the world. To leam to read God's Word seems 
almost a sideline. However, at times in the past Christians 
taught their children to read for the very purpose of reading the 

May we never forget the priceless treasure we have in God's 
Word. Read it to know God's will. Feed on it. Let it order our 

Jeremiah 15:16: "Thy words were found, and I did eat 
them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine 
heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts. "-L.C. 


"Woe to them that are at ease in Zion..." Amos 6; 1 

Can we afford to dwell at ease in a world bound for 
destruction, a world that crucified our Lord? We live on a 
doomed planet; the end of all things is at hand. We see death in 
everything in this world because of sin. But Jesus, the living 
Word, was made flesh and died for us; therefore we have hope. 
Isaiah 58:6,7 reveals the fast with the Lord's blessing. "Is not 
this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of 
wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppress- 
ed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy 
bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast 
out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover 
him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?" This 
should be taken very seriously. We have the wonderful 
privilege and responsibility of ministering to the King of Glory, 
the One who has been given all power in heaven and in earth. 
We dwell in a land where there is much need. Every soul is a 
potential believer, because the Word of God says "Whosoever 
will, let him take the water of life freely." The power is the 
Lord's, but we are His hands and feet; we are the ministering 
body. Jesus is hungry. Are we feeding Him? He is thirsty. Are 
we giving Him drink? He is a stranger. Are we clothing Him? 
He is sick, and in prison. Are we visiting Him? If we really 
love Him, we are willing to lose our lives for His sake. "Then 
shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall 
spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before 
thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward (or 
protection)." There is a fine line between the righteous and the 
wicked. The righteous are living for God; the wicked are living 
for self. "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with 
the affections and lusts." How can we dwell at ease on a 
battlefield? A war is being waged. The souls of man are at- 


stake. The victory was won at Calvary; the armor has been 
provided. We have been given the power through our Captain 
Jesus, not only to keep ourselves unspotted from the world, but 
to go into enemy territory and bring out souls for the Master. 

—Kevin Garber 
Twain Harte, California 


Sheep are prone to wander, but what can a shepherd do 
when he has a lamb that is especially quick to stray? He must 
frequently search for it, putting the other sheep in some added 
danger. Besides, sooner or later, this lamb will be seriously 
injured, killed by a wild animal, or become so lost as to starve 
to death before it is found. The shepherd does not want this to 
happen. Each of his sheep is very valuable to him. Besides he 
loves them. 

Sometimes love seems cruel. Have you ever heard of an 
instance when a person in danger of drowning had to be 
knocked out to be rescued? Did you receive severe punishment 
from your parents? Was it cruelty or love? 

There is a way for the shepherd to teach the lamb to stay 
close by, but the shepherd must love the lamb enough to hurt it. 
You see, shepherds used to sometimes break the leg of such a 
lamb, so it could not stray. Then the shepherd would carry the 
lamb wherever he would go, being gentle and caring. By the 
time the leg would heal, the lamb would usually have become 
dependent on the shepherd, and would stay even closer to the 
shepherd than the rest of the sheep! 

In verse 8 of Psalm 51, David said, "Make me to hear joy 
and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may 
rejoice. 11 You now know what he referred to here. Remember 
David was a shepherd, before he was a king. 


David committed adultery and murder. Because of this, he 
suffered great humiliation as well as the loss of his son. Did 
David hate God for this seemingly cruel punishment? No! He 
loved Him all the more! For you see, David became more 
aware of how much he depended upon God. And God forgave 
him, even for that great sin. 

In Psalm 94: 12- 13a, it says, "Blessed is the man whom thou 
chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law; That thou 
mayest give him rest from the days of adversity... 1 ' When God 
"breaks our bones" He gives us rest! 

In Revelation 3:19 He says, "As many as I love, I rebuke 
and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." He breaks our 
bones because He loves us! He wants us to be closer to Him! 

Please read Hebrews 12. Are you being chastened of God? 
Have you been? Have you ever thanked God for the bones He 
has broken? 

Maybe we need to remember that not only does God 
chastise us, but He has borne most of our chastisement for us. 
Please read Isaiah 52: 13-53:12. Will we, in thanks for what He 
has done for us, follow close to Him; or will we wander again, 
never learning the lesson of the safety with the Shepherd? Will 
we choose life or death? 

—Martha Wagner 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


The Bible speaks of a time when men will be "ever learning, 
(yet) never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (II 
Timothy 3:7) 

Sounds like late-twentieth-century times, doesn't it? More 
emphasis than ever is put on educating people on issues from A 
to Z, and of course lots of money is needed to do the job. Yet 


so few are able to grasp the answers to the basic issues of life. 

There may be several reasons for this problem. Some 
people may simply not care, and for those people, no amount of 
instruction will do any good until there is a change of attitude 
and desire. For others, the facts may enter the mind but never 
grip the heart. When the truth grips our hearts, it produces 
actions and answers. But the most perplexing reason of all is 
that many people in responsible positions believe that basic facts 
need not be taught; they are considered too simplistic and out- 
of-date. Nothing could be further from the truth, for the Bible 
is more up-to-date than tomorrow morning's newspaper. 

To illustrate our point, let's briefly consider just one 
pertinent moral problem of society. Question: Why all the 
rape, child molesting, murder, broken homes, unwed mothers? 

Reasons: It is a simple fact that a woman f s body is 
attractive to a man. God has designed it that way for a noble 
purpose. But our society has taken the woman (mothers) out of 
the home and into the work place. It has paraded her scantily 
clad form on our streets. And it is teaching her daughters to do 
the same. This has brought women into some of the greatest 
bondage they have ever known, yet they have the audacity to 
call it Women's Liberation. Professing themselves to be wise, 
they have become fools! Men are equally guilty because they 
love to have it so, and do the same. 

In addition our society is bombarded with corruption at 
every level through the television, pornographic literature, 
videos, and sex education that encourages permissiveness until 
our society has gone morally crazy. America, it is a time to 
blush and repent of all the nakedness and lewdness on our 

Answer: The Bible, in Mark 5, tells of a man who was 
devil-possessed, undressed, and uncontrollable. But after Jesus 
delivered him, he was found "sitting, and clothed, and in his 
right mind." True Christians still clothe and cover their bodies 


as one positive contribution to moral purity. Shame on any 
professing disciple of Christ who has followed the world in its 
moral folly. 

Real Christian education teaches basic moral principles of 
right and wrong, which bring true liberty and lead people to 
practical Bible conclusions. All else is the human reasoning of 
men, the "ever-learning" but never coming to the knowledge of 
the truth. It leads men farther from God and brings bondage, 
chaos, and finally destruction. THINK ABOUT IT! 

-Marlin Kreider 
from "Star of Hope" 
selected by Herman Royer 


"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and 
have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling 
cymbal. " (I Corinthians 13:1) A tinkling cymbal is a musical 
instrument with which a skillfid player can make heart-flaming 
melody, so that all who hear him play can scarcely keep from 
dancing. Yet the cymbal does not contain life, and the music 
does not come out of it except by the ability of the one who 
plays upon it. The instrument can be crushed and thrown away, 
even though in the past wonderfully sweet music has been 
played upon it. 

So are all those who have gifts but do not have saving 
grace. They are in the hands of Christ as the cymbal was in the 
hand of David. As David could use the cymbal in the service of 
God to lift up the hearts of the worshipers, so Christ can use 
gifted men to affect the souls of the people of His church, yet 
when He has finished using them, He can hang them up without 
life, even though they are sounding cymbals. 


Such considerations were a sledge hammer upon the head of 
pride and the desire of vainglory. What! thought I, shall I be 
proud because I am a sounding brass? Is it such a great thing to 
be a fiddle? Does not the person who has the least of God in 
him have more than these instruments? Besides, I remembered 
that these instruments would vanish away, though love would 
never die. So I concluded that a little grace, a little love, a little 
of the true fear of God are better than all the gifts. I am 
convinced that it is possible for an ignorant soul who can 
scarcely give a right answer to have a thousand times more 
grace, and to be more in the love and favor of the Lord, than 
some who have marvelous gifts and can deliver themselves like 

I perceived that although gifts are good to accomplish the 
task they are designed for—the edification of others— yet they 
are empty and without power to save the soul unless God is 
using them. And having gifts is no sign of the man's 
relationship to God. This also made me see that gifts are 
dangerous things, not in themselves, but because of those evils 
of pride and vainglory that attend them. Blown up with the 
applause of ill-advised Christians, the poor creatures who 
possess these gifts can easily fall into the condemnation of the 

I saw that he who has these gifts needs to be led into an 
understanding of the nature of them— that they do not prove that 
he is in a saved condition-lest he rely on them and so fall short 
of the grace of God. 

He needs to walk humbly with God, to be little in his own 
eyes, and to remember that his gifts are not his own— they 
belong to the Church. By them he is made a servant of the 
Church; he must give at the last an account of his stewardship 
unto the Lord Jesus; and it will be a wonderful thing if he can 
give a good account. 


Gifts are desirable, but great grace and small gifts are better 
than great gifts and no grace. The Bible does not say that the 
Lord gives gifts and glory, but that He gives grace and glory. 
Blessed is everyone to whom the Lord gives true grace, for that 
is a certain forerunner of glory. 

-From the book Gr ac e A bou n di n g t o t h e Chief of Sinners 
by John Bunyan (his Spiritual Autobiography) 
selected by Betty Beery 


What is a Christian? 
A child who says, 
"I love you Jesus." 
And then goes off to play, 
And often his parents 
He won f t obey? 

What is a Christian? 

A teen who goes 

To the Christian camp 

And loves only his own way, 

But cannot work at home, 

Nor guide his tongue each day? 

What is a Chiistain? 

A man who goes to work 

And tries to do his best, 

But plays the football Sunday, 

And never reads the Word, 

And isn't ready for the final test? 


What is a Christian? 

A woman caught in daily cares 

She runs about to and fro 

Thinking only of her rights, 

While sad at home, children grow 

And miss a mothers sweet goodnights? 

What is a Christian? 
A youth empowered by the Son, 
Living each day God has given, 
And seeking for His plan, 
Knowing in obedience, joy is there 
And being helpful in his parents care. 

What is a Christian? 

A pilgrim, yes, and more 

Reading God's living Word, 

And heeding it each day, 

Helping others not build upon sand, 

Till he, himself, reaches Promised Land. 

—by Sharon See 
Santa Rosa, California 


COVER — A daughter, Rosalyn Faye, born June U, to Ben 
and Jolene Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

YODER -- A son, Logan Riley, bom June 11, to Greg and 
Kimberly Yoder of Goshen, Indiana. 


"Till He come" (I Corinthians 11:26) 

Till He come"; O, precious promise 
To the pilgrim on his way! 

Like the twinkling star of morning 
Pointing to a perfect day. 

"Till He come"; O, wondrous whisper 
To the heart by sorrow tried! 

Giving glimpses of that moment 
When the tears of earth are dried. 

"Till He come"; O, stirring signal 
To the soldier in the fight! 

Giving courage for the conflict 
In the darkest hour of night. 

"Till He come"; O heavenly music, 
'Mid the medley of the earth! 

Turning me from gilded pleasure 
To the pearl of priceless worth. 

"Till He come"; O, mighty moment, 
Moving nearer on time's wing! 

When the Church will rise triumphant, 
To her marriage with the King. 

"Till He come"; O, let me hear it, 
Till the storms of life are past, 
And I see Him in His beauty, 
On the advent morn at last. 
-John G. Ridley 
selected by Murray Brillinger 



Oh glorious day when Christ shall come, 
To take us home with Him! 
The sky grows bright! The angels come! 
The Lord has come again! 

The rocks do rend; the dead arise; 
Now falls the mountain range! 
Oh glory! what a glad surprise! 
Our earthly bodies change! 

Oh Saviour! Now no pain we feel, 
No sorrow, grie£ or woe! 
The wondrous hope You have made real; 
With You we'll always go! 

Our mortal heart can never know, 
This ecstasy divine. 
We will be changed before we go 
To that immortal clime. 

But in this life change must begin, 
If we with Christ would go. 
He will change us, if we know Him; 
His love will through us flow. 

And now He says to us below; 
"Be ready, tarry not! 
Prepare, if you with Me would go! 
I'll come when you think not! " 

—James Beery 

Nappanee, Indiana 



To excel in any vocation we need to understand its field. 
To accomplish this takes devotion and commitment. 

When we call on the name of the Lord to be saved, this 
involves a growing relationship with one another. Fruit bearing 
involves a relationship that is meaningful and a blessing. 

Satan knows this truth very well; this is possibly his most 
successful battle front. He is able to convince many that the 
position we hold that is not in full agreement with our brother, 
is a Scriptural truth that merits the severing of relationship. 
When this happens we become helpless to bless or encourage 
one another. This has caused assemblies to disintegrate, church 
doors to close, and many to lose their faith. 

There are conditions when relationships must be severed. 
When this is done on Biblical principles it does not hinder fruit 

For us to be overcomers in this battle we must heed Paul's 
instruction in Philippians 2:2-5: "If you have any encourage- 
ment from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his 
love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and 
compassion, then make my joy complete by being like minded, 
having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain deceit, but in 
humility consider others better than yourselves. 

"Each of you should look not only to your own interests, 
but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the 
same as that of Christ Jesus..." (NIV) 

When this advice is heeded, Satan's power is bound; fruit 
bearing will be abundant; peace will reign; and righteousness 
will prevail. 

—Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


When I was a boy, we milked cows. The cows were not 
kept in the barn after milking. They were turned out on 
pasture. Sometimes they were in the woods. Hills and valleys 
made it hard to find them all. Each morning and evening we 
had to bring them to the barn. 

I read a story of a family that had several boys. They also 
milked cows. Each boy took turns getting the cows in to milk, 
Sometimes the boys couldn't find them all. Then they would all 
go out and bring in the lost cow. However, the youngest son 
would always bring them alL in. His daddy asked him how he 
could always find them all. He answered. "That's easy! I just 
say to myself ' If I were a cow, where would I go?'" 

You may grin at this simple thinking. Jesus teaches with 
simple things. Remember the father that had two sons? The 
younger son wanted the money that was his, so he could go 
enjoy life. He left home and had many friends. Soon the money 
was gone and so were his friends. Now he was lonely and sad. 
He asked himself "If I were a good boy, where would I go?" 
He thought of the many good things he had at home, plenty to 
eat and friends that always loved him. Jesus tells us that true 
friends will stick by us no matter what happens. We don't want 
friends that are with us only when we have good things to 
share. Children, remember when you are unhappy, ask yourself 
"What could I do to be a happy child?" If you do what you 
know you should, you can bring all the smiles and happy times 

home with you, -Eve r et t Oyte r 



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Tuolumne, Calif 95379 


V OL. 41 AUGUST, 1994 NO. 8 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t Peter 2:11 

tune: "Finlandia" 

We would be building; temples still undone 
O'er crumbling walls their crosses scarcely lift; 
Waiting till love can raise the broken stone, 
And hearts creative bridge the human rift; 
We would be building, Master, let Thy plan 
Reveal the life that God would give to man. 

Teach us to buM; upon the solid rock 

We set the dream that hardens into deed, 

Ribbed with the steel that time and change doth mock, 

The unfailing purpose of our noblest creed; 

Teach us to build; O Master, lend us sight 

To see the towers gleaming in the light. 

O keep us building, Master; may our hands 
Ne'er falter when the dream is in our hearts, 
When to our ears there come divine commands 
And all the pride of sinful will departs; 
We build with Thee, O grant enduring worth 
Until the heavenly Kingdom comes on earth. 

-P. E. Dietz 

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Pulling down my Strong's Concordance I see that the word 
"school" is used only once in the Bible. While in Ephesus, Paul 
in Acts 19:9 is recorded as "disputing daily in the school of one 
Tyrannus." This could mean that he taught there daily, and the 
next verse tells us this continued for two years " that all 
they which dwell in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both 
Jews and Greeks." 

It is nearly time for school to begin again. Teachers will be 
arranging schedules and readying the school rooms. Home 
schoolers will also be sharpening pencils and getting the books 
ready. Teaching fiUs an important place in the Christian life, but 
the foremost place of teaching is not the school but the home 
and church. The first and main teachers of children are the 

Paul was an excellent teacher, for the Lord inspired him to 
give an important part of His Word. But before Paul was a 
teacher, he was a pupil. In his defense on the stairs of the castle 
in Jerusalem, he told the Jews he was "brought up in this city at 
the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner 
of the law of the fathers..." This was probably as good a 
credential as he could have had in his time. We understand that 
Jewish boys studied literally "at the feet" of the Rabbi, sitting 
before him is a semi-circle on the floor. Gamaliel was one of 
the finest of the rabbis. Read of his wisdom regarding the 
treatment of the disciples in Acts 5:33-40. 

The Bible speaks of various ones falling down at Jesus' feet 
and holding Him by the feet in worship. But when we sit at His 


feet we are hearing Him and learning from Him. The maniac 
that Jesus healed was found "sitting at the feet of Jesus" (Luke 
8:35), and Mary "sat at Jesus* feet and heard his word." (Luke 
10:39) May we in our learning sit at the feet of Jesus and hear 

By learning from Jesus we can become good teachers. The 
principles in His Word can find application in daily teaching 
experiences whether it be in the school room, at home, in 
church, or with father and son working together. 

In one of our teachers' institutes there was a session by 
Gerald Martin called "Identifying Teacher Generated Learning 
Problems." I would like to pass along some of his thoughts 
because they certainly are not limited to the school room, but 
find application in any teaching situation. 

1. "Children will learn in spite of what we do." Diligent 
students will learn good things from a teacher or parent, even 
one with only mediocre ability and, sad to say, some students 
will leani poor habits and wrong conduct unless a teacher is 

2. "Teachers must admit their faults." They also must allow 
for students' mistakes. Some mottos for the classroom might 
be: "An error is not a terror!" or "In this class it is permissible 
to make mistakes!" "Goofs are lessons!" On the other hand, 
we should not dwell on mistakes, whether the teacher or the 
pupils make them, but try to correct them. 

3. "Teaching must be practical." "A $1000 bill is good 
currency, but it will not buy a cup of coffee." Teaching must be 
at the student's level, understandable, and of use somehow in 
real life. 

4. "To reach a child's mind, you must reach his heart." This, 
of course, applies to the best kind of teaching where true 
wisdom is imparted and not just head knowledge. "Mercy can 
only be taught mercifully." "Genuine sympathy will bridge an 
age gap." 


5. "Resist temptation to be clever at somebody's expense." 
This is so fitting in our relationship in the church as well. 
Genuine love will rather promote and compliment others but 
never put them down. 

We can learn to be good teachers of our children by 
studying the methods of Jesus, the Master Teacher. He used 
parables-stories to illustrate the principles He taught. Parables 
stick in our minds better than complex thoughts without the 
illumination of a story. 

Jesus taught by repetition. Notice the same principle 
repeated in different ways in this verse from the Sermon on the 
Mount: "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them 
that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for 
them which despitefixlly use you, and persecute you." (Matthew 
5:44) May we not tire of hearing good things said over and 
over. This is one way to learn. 

Jesus taught by contrast. "Ye have heard that it was said by 
them of old time. . . But I say unto you. . . " 

He taught by question and answer, by symbols, by use of 
Scriptures. But one of His most effective, impressive methods 
was by example. One of our hymns says: 

When Jesus, our great Master, came 
To teach us in His Father's name, 
In every act, in every thought, 
He lived the precepts that He taught. 

In directing His disciples to wash one another's feet as an 
example of loving service, He did it first. He told them, "For I 
have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to 
you." Peter records, "For even hereunto were ye called: 
because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that 
ye should follow his steps." 

May we learn of God, sitting at Jesus' feet, that we may in 
turn teach our children. Back to school? School never closes 
for God's people. --L.C. 


I recall a song I heard some time ago: 

I don f t have to hope in a star anymore, 

Or turn my dreams to the wind, 

For I have my hopes set on Jesus' promises 

And I can live in Him. 
The world has their stars they glory in, and try to imitate. But if 
you are one of God's redeemed ones, you also have a Star to 
glory in. His name is Jesus, and He will never fail you nor 
forsake you, and He's altogether lovely. In Revelation 22:16 it 
says, "I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright 
and morning star,' 1 Has the day dawned, and the daystar arisen 
in your heart? (I Peter 1:19) Those who don't know Jesus are 
in darkness. It f s night for them. But when a soul is led to 
Calvary-when he repents of his sins and knows his lost 
condition-when he says, "Lord I hate my sins which made You 
suffer, but I know I'm powerless to overcome; won't You save 
me! "--Then Jesus says, "My child, my blood avails for you. 
Your sins which are many are removed as far as the east is from 
the west. You know your weakness, but 'My grace is sufficient 
for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness." 1 Herein 
lies the answer to overcoming sin. We naturally want to resist 
sin on our own. But without Jesus we can do nothing, not even 
overcome sin. The battle is not yours, but the Lord's; only in 
Him will we conquer. For those who come to Jesus by faith, 
the day has dawned, for Jesus is the light of the world. And 
when our eyes are opened to His glory, the darkness departs. 
You might liken Jesus to a beautiful sunrise; when He 
approaches, the darkness flees away. But these bodies could 
not come too close to the sun and live. And then we know that 
these bodies must be changed, for corruption cannot inherit 
incorruption. But the mystery of it is, we shall be changed, 


(I Cor. 15:5) and we shall be like Him, for we shall see liixn as 
He is, blessed hope! —Kevin Garber 

Twain Harte, California 

"And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal 
salvation unto all them that obey him" (Hebrews 5:9) 

This meaningful verse has stayed in my mind from a Bible 
study my husband led for us at home. 

How wonderful! Jesus is the Author of our eternal 
salvation. How important the last four words are: "them that 
obey him." Oftentimes people grasp the eternal salvation part 
and rejoice. However we need to remember that because we 
are saved, we obey Him We don't just say it, we live it. The 
Christian life is a daily walk in obedience to Jesus. Let "them 
that obey him" include us all. 


Four little words, 
Little you see, 
Pointing to Christ 
Say you and me. 

Them that obey 
Follow the Lord 
Living The Way. 
Reach a reward; 

Reading the Word, 
Studying it too, 
Praying to God, 
Learning to do. 

— Sharon L. See 

Santa Rosa, California 



The mighty king of Babylon, 

So many years ago, 

One night, in sleep a dream was shown: 

God's plan fulfilled below. 

The earthly kingdoms, as a man 
Of mighty stature, fair; 
Upon the feet, by God's own plan, 
Was struck and broken there. 

And then the stone, by God prepared, 
Increased and filled the earth. 
This vision has God's wisdom shared, 
His plan of priceless worth. 

When Jesus came, and taught the way— 
His church established here, 
The stone was cut, without man's say 
God's plan became more clear. 

This stone-God's church-is growing still; 
O'er all the earth has spread; 
Increasing through both good and ill, 
As men by God, are led. 

By observation with men's sight, 
This kingdom cometh not; 
God dwells in hearts that are made right, 
That live the truth theyVe got. 


This kingdom has some traits that show 
That all who look may see. 
It's not defined by man, you know; 
But God, who makes us free. 

It's not the name by which we're known, 
That shows God's kingdom here; 
But if our lives Christ's truth have shown, 
And if it's Him they see. 

Harmless and true, this kingdom is; 
No evil, there is found. 
We'll not have strife, if we are His, 
But love will shine around. 

No matter what that we may say, 
'Tis God who wiU decide, 
Just who are His-that lived His way; 
Just who will be the bride. 

This stone— His church— is growing still; 
And will continue on, 
Until it has fulfilled His will; 
Then He will send the Son. 

And then His glorious plan entire; 

The earthly kingdoms gone; 

Evil and death will then expire, 

And all His church be one. - 

—James Beery ) 

Nappanee, Indiana 



1. Give something away— 

(no strings attached). 

2. Do a kindness— 

(and forget it). 

3. Spend time with the aged— 

(experience is priceless). 

4. Look intently into the face of a baby— 

(and marvel). 

5. Laugh often— 

(it is life's lubricant). 

6. Give thanks— 

(a thousand times a day is not too much). 

7. Pray- 

(or you will lose your way). 

(with vim and vigor). 

9. Plan as though you will live forever— 

(you may). 

10. Live as though you will die tomorrow— 

(because you will die some tomorrow- 
It just might be your last day.) 

—author unknown 


We of the Salida congregation were all happy and rejoiced 
with the angels when Darrell Martin chose to follow the Master 
and received Christian baptism on July 24. Also received back 
into fellowship was his wife Mary. May they be faithfiil and 
helpfiil in God's Kingdom. 

—Joseph L. Cover 




As we study the Scriptures we are made to understand the 
earth is not just a fragment of a mass of matter, scattered in 
space by an explosion but a special creation, different from all 
other planets or heavenly bodies that men have discovered. It 
is the only one with an atmosphere capable of sustaining life as 
we have here. The earth has a blanket of air, which shows up 
plainly in photos taken from a distance like from the moon. 
There is no possibility of men surviving without oxygen. Air is 
a special mixture of water and gasses to sustain man, beast, 
trees, and all life. 


Matthew 25:27: "Thou oughtest therefore to have put my 
money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have 
received mine own with usury.' 1 So we see how important it is, 
to use whatever talents or gifts the Lord gives us to work with 
other believers to help each other. 


James 4: 12: "There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and 
to destroy: who art thou that judgeth another?" Jesus spoke 
very firmly to the Jews, about making ordinances and judging 
others by the rules they had made. I believe this spirit of 
judgement has effected all church bodies, and should be 
guarded against. 

—Ernest Wagner 


DUTIES OF HUSBANDS, (continued) 

Many fathers thoughtlessly counteract all the good 
influences and teachings of the mother, especially with the boys. 
You should not only not do this, but you should be a living 
example of all those things that are true, and honest, and just, 
and pure, and lovely, and of good report, which the mother 
seeks to impress upon her children. Be yourself all that you 
want your children to be when they grow up... 

As the husband and father, you are also the minister and 
pastor of the household. Are you discharging the duties of that 
office, or have you abdicated it to another, to one who sorely 
needs your help in the work? 

You believe in God and in His mercies, for I assume that 1 
am not addressing atheists. Do you ever reverently mention His 
name, or gratefully speak of His mercies in the presence of your 

You believe that the Bible is— to say the very least— a book 
Ml of excellent moral precepts. Do you ever read any of them 
to your children? 

You believe in prayer, in the Lord's prayer certainly. Have 
you ever knelt with your family and repeated that prayer? Why 
should you not? Your wife, even though she be not a professor 
of religion, would rejoice to see you do it, and would heartily 
join you in such a step. 

Perhaps your wife is a Christian. Though a loving and 
faithful wife to you, yet her dearest hopes are bound up in the 
religion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Though sympathizing with 
you and helping you in your business cares and earthly hopes, 
yet, unaided by you, she soars above these things, and tiies, as 
well as she can, without your help, to live for eternity as well as 
time. Only she and her God know how many tears are shed and 


prayers offered in secret for your salvation. If you should turn 
over a new leaf and begin a true Christian life, the joy among 
the angels in heaven could not exceed the joy in the heart of the 
angel of your household. 

There are other duties that husbands owe their wives, but 
these that I have mentioned are the principal ones. 

Let me add a word of caution which, perhaps, some 
husbands may need. It is this: Do not make idols of your 
wives. Do not let your love for them hinder you from 
discharging your duties to God and your fellow men. Next to 
the claims of God, your wife has the strongest claim upon you. 
But others have claims also— your relatives, friends, neighbors, 
fellow citizens, and your fellow men. To be a disciple of Christ 
you must love Him more that you love father, mother, wife, 
children, brethren, sisters, your own life even. But loving Christ 
more does not and can not mean that you love them less than 
you did before. For if upon the love which you have for wife 
and friends you build a higher love for Him who is chiefest 
among ten thousand and altogether lovely, that higher love will 
purify and strengthen, it will enlarge and uplift, the other loves 
beyond all that was possible without it. 

God help you, my brothers, to be good husbands, to love 
your wives as your own selves and as Christ loved the Church. 
May the roughness of life's pathway be made smooth and easy 
by the pure loves of your home, and when life's journey is 
finished may you and yours be united forever in that happy land 
where the true friendships of earth continue, but where they 
neither marry nor are given in marriage. 

Husband love your wife. 

1. Never find fault with her before others. 

2. Remember the counsel of the good Book, Her husband 
shall praise her in the gates; that is, before folks. 


3. Bear all her burdens for her; even then she'll bear more 
than you do, in spite of you. 

4. If you want her to submit to your judgement, never ask 
her to submit to your selfishness. 

5. A woman's life is made up of little things. Make her life 
happy by little courtesies, 

6. Love is a wife's only wages. Don't scrimp in your pay. 

-by R. T. Cross 
from HO M E DU TIE S 

Faith makes the difference between cowards and Calebs. 


When man separated himself from God, through sin, he 
became the most violent of any of God's creatures. There was 
no other created being that could overpower and control fallen 
humanity. After violence became so great, God took it in His 
own hands to eliminate them from the earth— saving only one 
family (Noah's) that found grace in His sight. 

After tliis, God began to reveal Himself by giving the law— 
for two reasons: First to reveal His very nature and holiness, 
and second to aid sinful man to function as a society. He gave 
this authority to man to enforce and interpret. 

The downfall of society today (as a functional society) is 
because man is failing in the interpretation and enforcement of 
God's laws. 

The law wasn't intended, in itself to make us holy or 
righteous before God, but was to make us fit subjects for His 
Holy Spirit to live in. Jesus, coming to this world, is God's final 

14 THE P I LGR I M . 

effort to bring us back to Him. He defeated, by the power of 
love, the one that was holding us in bondage. 

This final battle raging between God and Satan was won in 
Gethsemane and revealed on Calvary. Satan's efforts to defeat 
God (knowing who Jesus was) used men, believing he could 
overcome and gain control by taking His life and placing Him in 
a secure tomb. God, in fall control of the battle, didn't hinder 
Satan from using all his power and authority. 

Satan's ability to take the life of a man that could raise the 
dead, heal the sick, and make the blind to see, probably made 
him feel like he was in control and had God buried forever. But 
it was short-lived; in three days God f s greater power prevailed. 
Now God's effort to save man is finished. For us to be saved, 
we need to acknowledge this. (Rom. 10:9,10) We need to have 
faith in and be recipients of this power. Through faith in the 
resurrection we declare that Satan has lost his hold on the 
grave. (Hebrews 2:14,15) 

The proof of this faith is revealed in the life we live- 
exercising in resurrection powers that rise above our natural 

The test and validity of this faith is how we love-as Jesus 
was dying on the cross, He said, "Father forgive them for they 
know not what they do." 

One of the best testimonies of this resurrection power is in 
fellowship. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples. 

Human nature does not allow close relationships for very 
long, because of the demands it makes on us. Human nature, 
being selfish, can only tolerate it for so long, then it needs to 
eliminate, and find new associates. This process is continued all 
through life. This is all a result of being separated from God. 

May our love be without dissimulation. 

—Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



The eagle gently coaxed her offspring toward the edge of 
the nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she 
felt their resistance to her persistent nudging. "Why does the 
thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?" she 
thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her. 

As in the tradition of the species, her nest was located high 
on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but 
air to support the wings of each child. "It is possible that this 
time it will not work?" she thought, Despite her fears, the 
eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was all but 
complete. There remained one final task— the push. 

The eagle drew fresh courage from an innate wisdom. Until 
her children discovered their wings, there was no purpose for 
their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to 
understand the privilege it was to have been born an eagle. The 
push was the greatest gift she had to offer. It was her supreme 
act of love. And so one by one she pushed them, and they flew! 

-from an "American Way" magazine 

So it is with us. God is looking down, with a heart of love, 
knowing these circumstances are best for us. Even though we 
may think it is one of the hardest things to go through... still, 
God's way is best. He "pushes" us from our ease and puts us 
where we can best be used by Him If we accept this "push" we 
will actually learn to fly, or attain satisfaction in knowing God's 
way. This is the only way we can find purpose for our lives. 

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their 
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall 
run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." 
Isaiah 40:3 1 — Rhoda Cover 

Tuolumne, California 


Children like to climb trees. When high in a tree you can 
see far around you, and others can not see you. Sometimes we 
get hurt if we are not careful. 

Long ago there was a little man that wanted to see Jesus, 
There was a big crowd of people. Everyone heard that Jesus 
was going to walk by this certain spot. This little man couldn't 
get close enough to see anything but there was a big tree 
nearby. He ran and climbed to the top. There he could see and 
no one could see him. Soon a large crowd of people came 
walking by. There in the center was Jesus. Zacchaeus was so 
excited. When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, 
"Zacchaeus hurry and come down. I want to go to your house 
today." If Zacchaeus was excited when he saw Jesus, how do 
you think he felt now? He could hardly get down fast enough. 
This great man wanted to go to his house. He could hardly 
believe it. 

Every Sunday your parents go to church to learn more 
about Jesus, You also can see Jesus there. Not in person, but 
we hope you can see Him in the lives around you. When you 
sing and look at your Bible in church, you are telling others that 
you want to see Jesus. Just like Zacchaeus, later in life Jesus 
will tell you He wants to come to your House. Be ready to 
invite Him in. -Everett Oyler 

Non-Profit Org.-Bulk Rate-U.S.Postage Paid Permit #10 

Sonora, CA 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 41 SEPTEMBER, 1994 NO. 9 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:it 


Jesus keep me ever near 

In Thy love abiding; 
With Thy promise to cheer 

And in Thee confiding. 

Help me grow from day to day 

In Thy graceful favor; 
Walking on the shining way 

Never from Thee waver. 

Follow Thee through sun and storm, 

Safely in Thy keeping; 
Feel Thy likeness in me form 

Virtue through me creeping. 

When the darkness gathers round, 

Stars of hope be gleaming 
There Thy footsteps may be found 
Light from Thee be streaming. 

Coming to the narrow stream 

Ever Thou art leading 
Where eternal glories gleam 

And Thy sheep are feeding, 

-J. I. Cover, 1964 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
f i i Brethren Church. Subscription rate: 4$. 00 per year Sample copies sent free on request. 
Pu&fishntg Editor: Leslie Cover- 
Address: THE PJLGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Young people like to do things. They have lots of energy to 
be used up in action, and may show impatience when something 
doesn't move as quickly as they'd like. Youth is fresh and 
healthy, idealistic and enthusiastic. Many older folks live in 
their past and wish they could be young again. 

Truly there is something attractive in health, vigor, and 
action. Nobody likes to be stiff in the joints or forgetful in 
mind. But perpetual youth is not a goal for most of us in this 
life. In our thinking, we prepare for maturity. 

In the Word of God, Jesus gives children as an example of 
pliableness, and humility. But for youth the Bible mentions the 
"sins of youth" and "youthful lusts," treating youth as a time of 
imperfection and development. Paul writes to Timothy, "Let no 
man despise thy youth but be thou an example of the 

It seems that in most Bible situations, age was counted 
more desirable. With age comes experience, wisdom, maturity. 
At least, this is the way it should be. When Paul writes "Let no 
man despise thy youth," he is allowing that this is possible— even 
something to strive for and accomplish. Timothy at this time 
was a leader in the church and obviously not a teenager— 
probably at least thirty. But still he was young and therefore 
not automatically respected. Respect had to be earned. 

So it is in all times. Youth may be envied, may be favored 
and indulged, but to be respected, and trusted, young people 
must demonstrate a measure of maturity. 

Christian maturity— spiritual maturity— is not limited to the 
aged. Peter directs that we "As newborn babes, desire the 
sincere milk of the word, that ye (we) may grow thereby," 


Spiritual growth results from eating spiritual food. So one of 
the means by which we mature is by feeding faithfully on God's 
Word. This means not only to be able to quote the Word, but 
to know what it means and how we obey it. As we become 
proficient in the Word, we earn the respect of those who value 
this quality. 

Besides maturing in the word, young people must also grow 
in experience. Continuing Paul's advice to Timothy "...but be 
thou an example of the believers... 11 Example refers to practise 
and conduct. As the Holy Spirit applies the Word to our lives, 
we begin to act like mature Christians. This can happen in 
youth. In fact, it is sad when it does not happen until old age. 
So much of our influence on others comes by our example. We 
can talk and write and tell of our faith, but unless we live it, it 
remains unconvincing to our friends and neighbors. 

The directions to Timothy include the kind of example he 
should be: " word, in conversation (meaning our conduct), 
in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." Anyone, young or old, 
who excels in these areas, will be a useful part of God's 

Growth from youth to maturity must also be accomplished 
in our thought life and prayers. The apostle writes to "Pray 
without ceasing." He also instructs us to think on the things 
that are true, honest, just, pure, of good report, of virtue and 
praise. While our thoughts are not so obvious to others, they 
will have certain effect on what can be seen. "For as he 
thinketh in his heart, so is he..." (Proverbs 23:7) 

Older people appreciate good manners in young people, 
when there is something more than problems with graffiti on 
bridges and skateboarders on sidewalks. In a gathering recently 
our daughters, who were the only young people present, were 
noticed and commended for their modesty and quiet manner. 
The policeman's job is easier because of the orderly conduct of 
our Christian youth, A number of good causes (including 


The Pilgrim) have rejoiced for monetary donations from our 
eastern young folks. And it makes this editor glad when items 
for the youth page come in the mail! 

Young folks, it is especially gratifying for us older ones to 
see you growing in the good graces. You can pass from 
childhood characteristics, which are mostly selfish, to the 
maturity of self denial. From self centeredness you can grow to 
love and kindness to others, and above all, reverence to God. 
This is nothing less than a miracle of God, for only God can 
accomplish it when we yield to Hira 

Far from despising youth, older folks will rejoice and thank 
God when they see pure, trustworthy conduct, quiet speech, 
and respectable manners. May God bless our young people as 
they strive for maturity and perfection. 

Youth is fun and free and fair; 

Age is rich in wisdom. 
Youth has energy and flair; 
Age is slow and solemn. 

Youth can learn and grow in grace; 

Age can give example. 
Youth can run and win the race 
Tasting age's sample. 
Come, young folks, give us a hand; 

Age needs your fresh outlook, 
Learn to pray and learn to stand, 
Taught by God's own Good Book 

Soon the time will come to pass; 

Youth you f !l be releasing. 
Beauty fades just like the grass; 
Wisdom keeps increasing. 
Let the Spirit guide your heart; 

Grow in grace and favor. 
When the children take your part 

Point them to your Saviour. — L.C. 



What is your view of Jesus of Nazareth? Do you see Him 
as just a man, a good man? Or do you see Him robed in the 
splendor and glory He had with the Father before the world 
was? We tend to see Jesus in His humanity. He knew 
weakness; His body felt pain just as ours. He was tempted in all 
points just as we are, yet He never sinned. And as Isaiah said 
so long ago, "He was despised, and we esteemed him not. 11 We 
tend to see God as untouched and despise Jesus, the suffering, 
sorrowing Lamb of God, for His humanity. But it was for our 
crimes He suffered. Because of sin, mankind was as helpless as 
a lost lamb, all alone, with a fierce Hon coming in for the kill. 
But the arm of God descended and took on a body of clay and 
was killed by the very beings He created. The Lamb of God 
came between us and the Hon and shed His blood for our sins. 
He paid a price we could not pay, so that we might reign with 
Him forever. O what love! He also disarmed the Hon, so that 
we need not fear if we abide hi Him. Won't you love Him? 
Jesus is more than a man, so much more. Thomas called Him, 
"My Lord and my God." And Jesus said, "Thomas, because 
thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that 
have not seen, and yet have believed." Jesus came the first time 
as a babe in a manger, and the angels of God worshipped Him 
But He is coming again as the King of glory, and every knee 
shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, that Jesus is Lord. If 
Jesus is Lord of our lives, He must be loved and worshipped 
and His every wish obeyed. But if the flesh rules in our lives— if 
we give place to its every desire—then we can't call Him Lord. 
The world says, "Live for the flesh, but be 'smart', and you 
won't reap the consequences." But Paul says, "Be not deceived; 
God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he 
also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap 


corruption..." Live for Jesus, and you will know God f s peace, 
and the hope of a glorious future. —Kevin Garber 

Twain Harte, California 


This invitation is still out for those that are thirsty for the 
Word of Life. Through Jesus 1 death on the cross and His 
glorious resurrection we still can have hope for the fixture. 
Jesus says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you. He that beheveth on 
me hath everlasting life." (John 6:47) We, as Bible readers, 
have read of Paul where we find he has fought a good fight. He 
has finished his course and kept the faith. "Henceforth there is 
laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the 
righteous judge, shall give me at that day..." This reward is 
only for those who love and serve the Lord. We must be 
faithful. Many times we suffer for Christ's sake, but all this 
suffering will fade away when we meet our Blessed Lord. We 
must believe Jesus died and rose again. If you do not have this 
hope, now is the time to make a start and serve the Lord, for if 
you do not have this hope, there will be no home in Heaven. 
Our temptations cease when we go to our heavenly home. Sin 
is all taken away; no more tears or suffering there. Won't you 
start to live for the Lord and prepare for a home above? 

-Betty AUtus 
Modesto, California 


From little babies to grown men and women, we have to 
develop our sense of balance, how to support our bodies on our 
legs without having to think about it, and we can concentrate 
our thoughts on other things. We naturally depend on the earth 


as being solid footing, but if it moves, all our sense of balance is 
lost, and we feel helpless. We find, in reading the Scriptures, 
God using this method to make man feel their weakness and 
dependence on Him. But we find, near the end of time, they 
will not repent of evil. In Hebrews 12:26, God promised, "Yet 
once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this 
word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things 
that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things 
which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a 
kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby 
we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear." 


The prophet Jeremiah speaking of unconverted men, 
(Jeremiah 4:22) said of His people: "They are wise to do evil, 
but to do good, they have no knowledge." So if God's chosen 
people had fallen to such a condition, what can we expect of the 
nations that have turned away from God. We cannot expect 
wise decisions, when they decide their own course in Hfe. It 
raises serious questions about letting people rule by voting their 
own laws to live by. —Ernest Wagner 


A temple here, upon the earth, 

The Lord in wisdom made. 

'Twas pure and clean, of priceless worth, 

Whose beauty ne'er should fade. 

But scarcely was the work complete, 
When Satan came along; 
With enmity and hate replete; 
Desiring to do wrong. 


This temple was the human heart, 

Which Satan did assail. 

Man was deceived, from God did part; 

Oh! Shall God's great work fail? J 

Praise God! Though man through weakness fell; t 

God's temple did defile; 

Yet God's great love, a way did tell, 

To save and reconcile! 

At greatest cost, he sent the Son, 
This temple to restore; 
This heart again, from Satan won, 
Might fall to sin no more. 

And there again, did Satan try, 
To cause God's plan to fail. 
He even caused the Son to die; 
But here God did prevail. 

The way is sure, and e'en today, 
Our temple can be pure. 
Satan can not destroy this way; 
The Lord has made it sure. 

Each one of us, a temple is; 
Defiled or pure 'twill be. 
The choice is ours, we can be His, 
Or endless misery see. 

Let's keep our temples pure, and then ) 

Someday our Lord we'll see. 

For Jesus will come back again, 

So we in Heaven can be. —James Beery 



'To love their husbands." Titus 2:4 

Love is the one word that sums up all the duties that we 
owe to all forms of being. As it includes all the duties which the 
husband owes the wife, so it includes all the duties which the 
wife owes the husband. 

There is a correlation of duties between husband and wife. 
Many of the duties are the same on both sides, and much of 
what I have said about the duties of husbands to love their 
wives affectionately, to be faithful to them, to comfort them in 
trouble, to confide in them, and to assist them in the moral and 
religious training of the family, applies also to the wife. And the 
proper adjustment of duties between the two brings about an 
equality, so that one is not eased and the other burdened, while 
they also bear one another f s burdens. If I do not make plain this 
equality of duties the fault is not in my theory but in the 
imperfect way in which I set it forth. 

Under the general duty of love the first particular duty that I 
mention is~ 

1. To have for your husband a loving reverence, or a 
reverential love. 

The divine command: "Let every one of you in particular so 
love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she 
reverence her husband. " Ephesians 5:33 

The husband is commanded to honor Ms wife as the weaker 
vessel, (I Peter 3:7), not that she is weaker in every respect,, 
but in some respects, especially in physical strength. Now, if it 
is the husband's duty to love and honor the wife as the weaker 
vessel, then it is her corresponding duty to love and reverence 
him as the stronger, as her protector, as the head of the family. 
Woman, in physical stature, is of less height than man by 


several inches, and the resulting necessity of looking up to look 
into his foce is symbolical of the looking up of her nature to his 
in respect to the rougher, sterner, aspects of life. 

No true woman wants a husband whom she cannot 
reverence, and to whom she cannot look up. And though this 
may involve obedience in some things, yet the common sense of 
men and women everywhere recognizes this as an order of 
nature, and hence the order ordained of God. Every woman, in 
accepting a husband, should be very careful not to accept one 
whose character is such that she cannot lovingly reverence him 
for what he is in himself as well as for the position which he 
will hold as her husband. 

2. To obey her husband. 

Listen to the teachings of God's Word on this point: 
"Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fit in 
the Lord." Colossians 3:18 The next verse commands husbands 
to love their wives and be not bitter against them 

"Teach the young women to be sober, to love their hus- 
bands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at 
home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of 
God be not blasphemed." (Titus 2:4,5) -to be continued 

-byR T. Cross from HOME DUTIES 


Greg and Kimberly Yoder 24919 C.R. 40 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 

Kevin and Jennifer Crowley 201 Randolph Dr. 

Novato, California 94949 



ESTHER LEAH BOONE was born on 7th September, 
1928, near Mulberry, Indiana, USA, to parents Ora Samuel and 
Alice Elizabeth Skiles. She died suddenly in her sleep on 17th 
May, 1994, at the age of 65 years, 8 months, and 2 days, at her 
home in Dubbo, N.S.W., Australia. 

She is survived by her husband Owen; daughters: Lucille 
Boone of San Jose, CA, USA; Kathleen Nash of Parkes; and 
Carolyn Shipway of Bylong; grandchildren: Sarah, Allison, 
and Hannah Nash; Timothy, Stephen, Robert, Elizabeth, and 
Catherine Boone; Anthony, Glenn, Matthew, and Raymond 
Shipway; son-in-laws: Curtis Jones, Ian Nash, and George 
Shipway; and daughter-in-law, Lorna Boone; three brothers: 
Ora Jr., Modesto CA.; Daniel Clinton, Santa Rosa, CA.; David, 
of Cuba, New Mexico; all of the USA; and sister, Nita Alf of 
Wee Waa. She was preceded in death by her parents and son 

In 1932, the Skiles family moved to California and settled 
on a small farm near Modesto. Esther attended Prescott 
Grammar School, Modesto High, and Modesto Jr. College. 

Her parents held the Scripture in high regard and tried to 
follow, literally, the teachings of the Bible. She grew up 
knowing the love of God and the consequences of sin, and early 
put her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, making a public 
commitment at the age of 16. She had a growing faith and love 
for the Lord and expressed this in every area of her life. She 
enjoyed music and sang in the High School acapelia choir and 
later was part of a sextet which sang at Youth for Christ 
meetings. Hymns and Christian songs were part of her 
everyday life. 

Esther was married to Owen Boone on 5th February, 1949. 
They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this year. They 


settled on a dairy farm, and this was their work while they lived 
in California. In 1945, they migrated to Australia living first in 
WeeWaa, then near Bourke where they made their home until 
they moved to Dubbo 5 years ago. 

Esther was gifted with organization skills, great drive and 
energy, and had the ability to complete the task at hand. She 
was an active member in the family farming business. The 
P&C, Meals on Wheels, and others in the community benefited 
by the years of service she willingly undertook. She played an 
active part in various Christian organizations. While in Bourke, 
Esther and Owen helped form the beginning of Cornerstone on 
part of their property. She participated in CWCI (Christian 
Women Communicating International) and served on the 
regional board for 8 years. Later, she was a member of the 
Auxiliary of the Gideons International in Australia. Esther was 
an active member in the church and various Bible study groups 
over the years. 

People of all ages and types were special to Esther. She 
found time to play with children, visit the sick and elderly, or 
phone a friend. She was observant of individual needs and 
looked for ways to meet them She was an encourager, a 
steadfast friend, and a gracious hostess. 

During difficult times in her life, faith in the Sovereign Lord 
sustained her. Michael's death a few years ago was such a time. 
In working through her grief and loss there was a deepening of 
her faith, and she testified to the loving kindness and mercy of 
our Heavenly Father. 

Esther's life touched many people, some now scattered 
around the world. She kept a correspondence with many, and 
her prayer list included a wide number of friends, family, 
missionaries, and various groups. A great number have been 
recipients of her generous and warm hospitality and the 
openness of her home. 

—The Family. 



Jesus came into the world that we might have life and have 
it more abundantly. He knew man was helpless to attain this 
himself Jesus knew the cause and had the remedy, and proved 
Himself victorious before the world. 

He promises that all who put their faith and trust in Him will 
be able to live abundantly. 

Satan is restrained and cannot overcome those that keep 
themselves in Christ's love. He promises that no one can pluck 
us out of His hand. 

All men desire fulfillment and contentment. The reason man 
is unable to attain this himself is because of selfishness and 
independence and not understanding what the purpose of life is. 
The cause of all this is separation from the wisdom of God. 

In carnal man's pursuit of fulfillment and blessing, he is at 
war with his fellowman and accuses him of being his obstacle. 
Paul describes this in picture language in Titus 3:3. "For we 
ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, 
serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, 
hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and 
love of God our Savior toward men appeared, Not by works of 
righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy 
he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of 
the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus 
Christ our Savior." 

The carnal man eliminates his fellowman, but the spiritual 
man receives him. And this is the key to abundant living. 

The greatest asset in life is in true fellowship with believers. 
It is worth more that anything else we can attain. 

It is the only environment (of our choosing) where we can 
grow and abound in His holiness. It is where all our physical 
and spiritual needs can be met. It is affordable for every living 
soul— the price is all we have and are—wo more and no less. 


No one needs to feel inferior or unable. There is no excuse 
for any man to not be in the fellowship of abundant living. 

The apostle John was so intrigued by this news that he did 
not want anyone to miss it. "That which was from the begin- 
ning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, 
which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the 
Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, 
and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was 
with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we 
have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have 
fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, 
and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto 
you, that your joy may be full" (I John 1:1-4) 

—Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 

We of the Salida congregation rejoiced with the angels 
when Jennifer Crowley chose to confess Christ pubEcly and 
received Christian baptism on August 7. May she be faithful as 
she serves in God's Kingdom --Joseph L. Cover 

We, the members of the Eastern District of the Old Brethren 
have appointed October 1 and 2, the Lord willing, for our Fall 
Lovefeast Communion to be held at our meeting house near 
Bradford, Ohio. We extend a hearty welcome to all our 
members and friends to attend this meeting. — Melvin Coning 

We the members of the Old Brethren Church in California, 
have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast, the Lord willing, at 
Salida on October 15 and 16. We sincerely welcome all to 
come and be with us at this time of communion and revival. 

—Joseph L. Cover 



"And Pilate released Barabbas... and delivered Jesus... to be crucified." 
Mark 15:15 

What didst thou think upon that day, 
Barabbas, malefactor vile, 
Awaiting agony and death 

In that short while, 
When to thy prison door one came 
And said, "Barabbas, thou art free; 
Another man will take thy place 
And die for thee"? 

With awe and trembling wonder filled, 
Thou must have followed to the place 
Where He was nailed upon thy cross, 

To see His face; 
Thou must have marked thy fellow thief, 
And listened to his pleading cry, 
And heard the confident, clear voice 

That made reply. 

Thou must have owned thy lasting debt 
To him whose death for thee sufficed, 
And said, "This man is more than man; 

This is the Christ." 
Thou must have felt thy hardened heart 
With love and gratitude o'erflow 
To Him who bore thy punishment, 

And let thee go. 

And shall my own heart love Him less? 
For, as He died that day for thee- 
Barabbas, murderer and thief- 

And set thee free, 
So, when my guilty soul deserved 
The law's extremest penalty, 
He died, my sinless Substitute, 

Instead of me. 

-Annie Johnson Flint 

Selected by Sarah Cover 


Little drops of water 
Little grains of sand 
Make a mighty ocean 
And a pleasant land. 

Did you ever sing that song? Do you know what it means? 

One little drop of water doesn't amount to much, but a lot 
of drops of water make a big ocean. In the same way, one little 
grain of sand doesn't do anybody any good, but a lot of them 
together fill a sand box and even more of them make a farm 

Do you ever complain because the jobs you are given to do 
seem so small and boring? Like washing dishes, emptying 
garbage, picking up toys, feeding calves, and other such tilings? 
Do you wish you could do big things like big Brother and Sister 
or Mom and Dad? If you could just do these bigger jobs, then 
you would work cheerfully and well, wouldn't you? It doesn't 
work like that, though. Lots of little jobs get a big job done, 
and if the little jobs aren't done well, the big job won't be either, 
will it? 

The Bible says, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it 
with thy might." That means to do your jobs well, whether they 
be big or little. Working for your parents and teachers really is 
your way of serving Christ-and that's important work! 

— Elva Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 

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19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif 95379 


VOL. 41 OCTOBER, 1994 No. 10 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 


I'm but a stranger here; Heaven is my home; 
Earth is a desert drear; Heaven is my home: 
Danger and sorrow stand 'round me on every hand; 
Heaven is my father-land, Heaven is my home. 

What, though the tempests rage? Heaven is my home; 
Short is my pilgrimage; Heaven is my home: 
And time's wild, wintry blast soon will be overpassed; 
I shall reach home at last; Heaven is my home. 

There, at my Saviour's side, Heaven is my home; 

I shall be glorified; Heaven is my home: 

There are the good and blest, those I love most and best; 

There, too, I soon shall rest; Heaven is my home. 

Therefore I murmur not; Heaven is my home; 
Whate'er my earthly lot, Heaven is my home; 
And I shall surely stand there at my Lord's right hand- 
Heaven is my fether-land; Heaven is my home. 

-from Spiritual Hymns 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate $$.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing fcditor; Leslie Cover; 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd„ Tuolumne, CA 96379 


Fivescore years ago our fathers brought forth to this 
state a new fellowship conceived in the grace of God 
and dedicated to the proposition that all men are called 
to be obedient and victorious children of God. Now we 
are engaged in a great warfare testing whether that 
fellowship, or any fellowship, so conceived and so 
dedicated can long endure,.. 

Exactly one hundred years ago-October 10, Uncle Jake and 
Aunt Mary Cover arrived in Southern California. There were a 
few Brethren before them, but they were the first of the Cover 
family. Within 17 years all of Uncle Jake's brothers and sisters 
with their families had made the move from the East to the new 
farm land of California. On the centennial day, Lowell Beachler 
and his fellow grandchildren of Uncle John and Aunt Mary, 
invited the Cover family to a memorial celebration. We 
reviewed the past, and again pondered the responsibility a 
Christian heritage places on a generation such as ours. The 
nation of Lincoln's day was engaged in civil war--a time of 
testing. We too are engaged in a war that tests us individually 
and as a fellowship. He gave the Gettysburg Address on a 
battlefield, and we also see casualties of battle around us. 

Our fathers have left us good examples. But we know we 
are not in God's family simply because our parents were. Each 
generation, each individual, needs a personal encounter with 
Jesus Christ. The faith of our fathers must become our faith. 
When we consider the traditions of the past, we must know 
why they are important—worth keeping. On the one hand, we 
must not accept blindly the faith of former 
generation. On the other hand, neither must we carelessly 


cast off the traditions of our fathers We need to not only 
"prove all things" but also "hold fast that which is good." 

Freedom is the cry of our generation. But freedom is a test 
for faith. Our spiritual ancestors left Europe and found 
welcome freedom in the New World. Those who pushed west 
were known for their individuality. They were adventurous- 
even restless. While we may chafe under supposed bondage (of 
customs, heritage, parental expectations, or whatever) let us 
remember that freedom carries great responsibility. We prize 
our liberty, but does it really help us to be better servants of 
Christ? It should make us thankfid to God; it should help us to 
envision better our indebtedness. 

Paul writes in Galations 5:13: "For, brethren, ye have been 
called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the 
flesh, but by love serve one another." 

In ages past, some were "free" and some were not— that is, 
some had the privilege of owning land, making their own 
choices, determining how they would make a living (like we 
do), and some were hopelessly bound in conditions of poverty, 
and someone else told them what to do. For those who have 
always had this freedom, submitting to Jesus as Lord, may be 
more diflucult than for those disciplined by bondage. Consider 
the way the gospel brought hope to the slaves in our country, 
and how readily they received it. Of Jesus' ministry it was said, 
"The common people heard him gladly." 

Individualism can gradually creep in on us, and what we 
were shocked at once can become commonplace and allowable. 
Once a young man working his own farm was diligent to get up 
early to begin the day. He had a loud alarm clock that woke 
him each morning. But for several mornings in a row, because 
it was raining anyway, he let the alarm ring and went back to 
sleep. The next morning when he wanted to get up early to 
travel a distance to church, he failed to hear his clock even 
though its ring was loud. It taught him that he was also becom- 


ing used to some practices that once seemed quite alarming to 

Are we making choices on our own that perhaps once we 
would have asked counsel on? Would we rather not be 
accountable to our brethren? Do we think our affairs are our 
own, and no one else needs to be concerned? Is it easier to 
make choices without worrying about what others might think, 
or what brethren of the past decided? 

May we retain and treasure our dependence on one another, 
our concern for one another, and our respect for our fathers. 
"No man is an island; no man stands alone! 11 is particularly 
fitting in the church of Jesus Christ. He is the Head; we are 
members one of another. We demonstrate this in the 
Communion. May we live it out day by day. 

The Brethren heritage, in part, is one of working together 
and helping one another. The pioneers needed this kind of 
cooperation to survive. We also need harmony and sharing to 
survive as a brotherhood. In modern city living, it is said that 
people hardly know their neighbors, But Christians are their 
"brothers keepers." As those with much freedom we also have 
much responsibility. The Church of Christ will "long endure." 
the question is whether we will be a victorious part of it. --L.C. 


As I got bigger I realized you were disappointed when I 
was born and found out you wanted a girl instead of me, a boy. 
Perhaps the first time I understood this was when you gave my 
sister a snack cake and you gave me two soda crackers. 

Do you love me, Daddy? 

One time you slammed my fingers in the kitchen door and it 
hurt so bad! While Mommie cared for me you hollered at me 
for having my fingers in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

Do you love me, Daddy? 


Another time I worked real hard hoeing and pulling weeds 
in the garden because you said you'd take me fishing. A 
neighbor came by, and you talked 'shop 1 for a long time. You 
said you would take me another time, but you never did. 

Do you love me, Daddy? 

When we had visitors you were so happy and acted like a 
good Christian dad should act. You were polite to everybody 
in the visiting family, including each of the children. After they 
left you started reading a magazine and you didn't want me to 
look. Do you love me, Daddy? 

A man from a cult came to the door and wanted you to buy 
his literature. You told him you were a Christian and you dicing 
need his literature. While you were talking I remembered the 
time I spilt my milk at the table and you hit my face so hard it 
knocked me off my chair. Do you love me, Daddy? 

You were trying to fix Mommie's sweeper and you used 
some words that didn't sound right for a Christian dad to use. 
Later, when I was trying to fix my toy truck I used one of those 
words. There was a sweeper attachment handy and you 
reached for it and gave me a great whack on my hand. You 
never did explain the difference. Do you love me, Daddy? 

And then the night you went back to the pond without me. 
I followed you later. I was at the edge where the cattails are 
and got in too deep and fell into the water at a dropping off 
place. I never got out. Do you miss me, Daddy? 

-Mildred Skiles 
Torreon Navajo Mission 


The Scriptures alone make the standard of life and 
experience. When we make our own standard, there is delusion 
and falsity for our desires, convenience and pleasure from the 
rule and that is always a fleshly and a low rule. From it, all the 


fundamental principles of a Christlike religion are left out. 
Whatever standard of religion which makes in it provision for 
the flesh is unscriptural and hurtful. 

Nor will it do to leave it to others to fix the standard of 
religion for us. When we allow others to make our standard of 
religion, it is generally deficient because in imitation, defects are 
transferred to the imitator more readily than virtues, and a 
second edition of a man is marred by its defects. 

The most serious damage in thus determining what religion 
is by what others say, is in allowing current opinion, the 
contagion of example, the grade of religion current among us, 
to shape our religious opinions and characters. Adroniram 
Judson once wrote to a friend, "Let me beg you, not to rest 
contented with the commonplace religion that is now so 

Commonplace religion is pleasing to the flesh and blood. 
There is no self-denial in it, no cross bearing, no self- 
crucifixion. It is good enough for our neighbors. Why should 
we be singular and straight-laced? Others are living on a low 
plane, on a compromising level, living as the world lives. Why 
should we be so peculiar, zealous of good works? Why should 
we fight to win heaven while so many are sailing there on 
"flowery beds of ease"? Are the easy-going, careless, 
sauntering crowd living prayerless lives, going to heaven? Is 
heaven a fit place for ease loving people? That is the supreme 

Paul gives the following caution about making for ourselves 
the jolly, pleasure-seeking religious company all about us the 
standard of our measurement. 

"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare 
ourselves with some that commend themselves; but they, 
measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves 
among themselves, are not wise. But we will not boast of 
things without our measure, but according to the measure of the 


rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even 
unto you." 

No standard of religion is worth a moment's consideration 
which leaves prayer out of the account. No standard is worth 
any thought which does not make prayer the main thing in 
religion. So necessary is prayer, so fundamental in God's plan, 
so all important to everything like a religious life, that it enters 
into all Biblical religion. Prayer itself is a standard, definite, 
emphatic, scriptural. A life of prayer is the divine rule. This is 
the pattern, just as our Lord, being a man of prayer, is the one 
pattern for us after whom to copy. 

-from the Complete Book of Prayer by E.M. Bounds 
Selected by Ken Johnson 


Lord, give me faith-to live from day to day, 
With tranquil heart to do my simple part, 
And, with my hand in Thine, to go Thy way. 

Lord, give me faith-to trust, if not to know; 

With quiet mind in all things Thee to find, 

And, child-like, go where Thou wouldst have me go. 

Lord, give me faith~to leave it all to Thee, 

The future is Thy gift; I would not lift 

The veil Thy love has hung between it and me. 

—John Oxenham 
selected by Murray Brillinger 



youngest daughter of Levi and Catherine (Wise) Ganger, was 
born March 24, 1902, in Carroll County, Indiana. She 
peacefully passed away on the evening of September 6, 1994, in 
her son Roger's home, at the age of 92 years, 5 months, and 13 

With her parents she moved to Elkart County in 1913. 

At an early age she was baptized into the Old Brethren 
Church and remained faithful to the end. 

On November 17, 1923, she was married to Aaron D. 
Skiles, by S. W. Yost, at the home of her parents near Goshen, 
Indiana. They shared their joys and sorrows together for 70 
years and 10 months. 

To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters: Harriet 
(Mrs. Chester) Barton of North Manchester, IN; Pauline (Mrs 
Gerald) Martin of Elkhart, IN; Richard D. and companion 
Barbara of Modesto, CA; and Roger L. and companion Mable 
of Wakarusa, IN. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 51 

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters: 
Sarah Lucille Pierce, Clara Yost, Effie Faye Yoder, Rosa 
Brovont; two half-brothers: Arthur Ganger and Homer Ganger; 
one grandson, Keith Daniel Barton and one great-grandson 
Kevin Martin. 

After their marriage they spent 2 years in Clinton County, 
Indiana. In 1925, they moved to Elkart County, Indiana, where 
they spent their remaining years. 

In 1930, they were called to the office of deacon. 

After several years of declining health, she called for 
anointing which gave her much comfort. 


Mother was a beautiful example of what a godly woman 
should be, and we are eternally grateful for our Christian 
heritage. To the end she was always concerned about others 1 
needs before her own. She will be greatly missed by her family 
and friends, but we feel our loss is her eternal gain. 

A short service was held at Rieth, Rohrer, and Ehret 
Funeral Home in Wakarusa, September 10, with further services 
conducted at the Yellow Creek Old German Baptist Church at 
9:30 A.M. by Joseph Cover and Thomas Royer. 

The body was laid to rest until the resurrection in the West 
Goshen Cemetery. —The Family 



Hebrews 12: 1,2: "...Let us lay aside every weight, and the 
sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience 
the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and 
finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him, 
endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the 
right hand of God. " We have this joy promised us if we will 
accept it. He paid the piice and wants us to come and add to 
His joy; the more that come, the greater the joy will be. In 
Revelation, after Jesus gave the message to the churches, John 
was taken to Heaven to see Jesus accept His responsibility to be 
our High Priest. John told what he saw, in as plain a language 
as he could. Jesus took the little book that was sealed. He had 
power to break the seals that held our fate. God sent Him to 
earth to bring our Salvation; then He returned to Heaven to be 
our High Priest, and we can become adopted sons and 
daughters in the family of God with Jesus; So let us accept the 
joy that is set before us. 

—Ernest Wagner 



With this issue we are pleased to begin a biography of Peter 
Becker by Karen L. Conley. Karen is a direct descendant of 
Peter Becker and wrote this lifestory as a Grade 11 school 
project. She graduated from Sonlight Christian School and is 
the daughter of Jacob and Anna Mae Conley of Lancaster, 
Pennsylvania. — L.C. 


Germany was not a very peaceful place to live in the late 
1600's, especially if you were trying to live a life of piety. The 
religious authorities did not take kindly to devout persons who 
wanted to question beliefs and find what the Bible had to say. 
The church was closely tied to the government. People who 
left the church, or started churches of their own, upset the 

It was here, in the country town of Dilsheim, that a baby 
boy was born to a Presbyterian family in 1687. The proud 
parents named him Peter. Little is known of his parents, but we 
can see some of their character by the way they raised their son. 
They taught him carefully the tenets of the church. They 
brought him up with sobriety and made sure he knew his 
manners. He received a good education for his time, and was 
well aware of his parents' love and their desire for him to grow 
into a responsible young man. 

Peter's father was a weaver, and the boy early learned the 
trade. His eager hands were skillfully guided by his father's 
patient ones, and his judgment as carefully honed by his father's 
council. Dilsheim was a well-known center for fine silks and 
linens. The Becker's material was nothing to "sneeze at" either 
and was as fine as the rest of them. Peter followed in his 
father's footsteps and became an excellent weaver. 


In 1708, when Peter was 21, a small movement was 
beginning that he was quite unaware o£ but it was to have a 
great affect on his life. 

At Schwarzenau, in the province of Wittgenstein, a group of 
eight concerned people were meeting for Bible study and 
prayer. These people were living here temporarily to escape 
persecution elsewhere, because the Count of this area was a 
mild, tolerant man. They became convinced of their need for 
believer's baptism, by immersion. The customary sprinkling 
they had received as infants was hardly a statement of faith. 

So it was they met one morning at the house of Alexander 
Mack, and after a prayer, filed silently across the field to the 
Eder River. This group consisted of Alexander Mack and his 
wife Anna Margaretha, George Grebi, John Kipping and his 
wife Joanna, Andrew Bony, Lucas Vetter, and Joanna 
Noethinger, or Bony, who perhaps was a widow. 

One of the men baptized Mack, by immersing him forward 
three times. Then Mack, in turn, baptized the other seven. The 
identity of the man who baptized Mack is unknown because the 
group wanted it that way. For then it could not be said that any 
certain man had started the group. The time of year is also lost 
in history. These details are unimportant, though. What 
matters is that these people did what they felt was right, and a 
new church was to grow and thrive because of their obedience. 

The group chose Alexander Mack to be their leader. They 
became known as the Tanfers or German Baptist Brethren. 
They called themselves Brethren, but were often referred to as 
Baptists because of their close association with them. 

As Peter grew and matured, so did his thoughts and 
interests. One young lady in particular attracted Ms attention. 
Her name was Anna Dorothea Partman. She was likewise 
drawn to the earnest young weaver and gladly promised to be 
his wife. So, with their parents' consent and blessing, the two 
were wed. 


Peter began to question more and more the doctrines he had 
been taught as a child in the Presbyterian church. He heard, as 
had any other person in his day, about the Anabaptist groups 
that were causing so much trouble for the established churches. 

What began as curiosity changed to a feeling that something 
in his life was lacking as he learned more about these people 
and what they stood for. He likely visited around, to the 
Mennonites and Baptists in the area, as well as the Brethren. 

Although it is obvious he knew the Brethren beforehand, the 
earliest record we have of Peter's contact with the church is that 
of his baptism. 

He cast his lot in with the Brethren at Schwarzenau in early 
May of 1714. Peter, his wife, and a Gottfried Neumann were 
baptized near the Dudelsheim woods by the Elder Christian 
Libe. The town officials from nearby Dudelsheim recorded all 
the baptisms done by the Brethren, much as they regretted 
having to do so. The baptisms of the Beckers caused a 
considerable stir because they were subjects of the count, rather 
than settlers to the area, as the others had been. 

In 1715, Peter Becker and his wife moved with many of the 
Brethren to Creyfelt, Germany, to escape persecutions. This 
area of the country was controlled by the King of Prussia, who 
was at that time rather lenient. 

Peter became a song leader for the Brethren. It is written 
that he was f, a most gifted singer and most eloquent man in 
prayer. Not an effective speaker, but of sound judgment, great 
moderation, and sufficient tact to manage successfully the 
weighty burdens laid upon him." 

Hie church grew but also experienced the problems a new, 
growing church has. The members of the church came from 
many different backgrounds. Controversial issues required 
much prayer and special effort to come to a unified decision. 

(to be continued) 



Carnal warfare is justified by man, in that there is an issue at 
stake that supposedly merits the destruction and elimination of 
all opposition. 

History reveals the honor and glory of carnal warfare. The 
face of the earth is strewn with memorials and monuments that 
honor men— both victor and defeated-men that were engaged in 
destruction and elimination of one another. 

Warfare in which physical powers are used leaves a 
deplorable sight. We see the face of the earth destroyed, men's 
bodies wounded and crippled- death and suffering. This is 
accepted and honored, and seemingly they feel, a necessary 
function for security in their pursuit of peace and justice. 

The wisdom of carnal man will never be able to find peace 
that will deliver them from their desire to destroy one another in 
retaliation in claims of justice. 

There is another type of carnal warfare that also leaves a 
trail of misery and suffering, in which man feels justified 
because of the issues at stake. This is in separation and 
severing of relationship s-in which all true and meaningful 
fellowship is destroyed. This is one of the most destructive 
forces raging on earth. Its forces are able to convey its misery 
and destruction from one generation to another. It has 
shattered and destroyed the home. It has divided kingdoms of 
men and carries with it hatred and mahce for thousands of 
years. It is a force that is attacking the church. It is always 
there to offer its services in times of trial and has been quite 

Once its seed is sown in a generation, it puts it into bondage 
and blinds it in discerning truth. The only power that can 
deliver it is the love of Christ. Thanks be to God, "who hath 


delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us 
into the kingdom of his dear Son." (Col. 1:13) 

The righteousness of God has called us to be separate from 
sin and the sinner. When this is done, in the spirit of truth, it 
brings sorrow and compassion rather than retaliation and 

God's building is rising; its banner is "peace with all men, 
and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord; Looking 
diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of 
bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be 
defiled." (Heb. 12:15) -Kenneth Martin, Nappanee, Indiana. 


On October 4, we were happy to have Merrill Royer unite 

with us by Christian baptism upon the confession of his faith in 

Jesus. May he ever be true to the One who brought life and 

salvation to all who will faithfiilly serve Him. -Melvin Coning 

WRAY -- a daughter, Rebecca Sue, born September 3, to Arlan 
and Anna Marie Wray of Pomona, Kansas. 

BAYER -- A son, Hans Israel Garber, born September 5, to 
John, Jr. and Loraine Bayer of Dayton, Ohio. 

COVER « A daughter, Helyn Brooke, born October 16, to 
Jerry and Martha Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

CABLE-CONING Andrew Cable and Joanna Coning were 
married October 8, 1994, near Wakarusa, Indiana. 
Their address is: 27320 C.R 42 

Wakarusa, Indiana 


"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one 
another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By 
this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love 
one to another. 1 ' (John 13:34,35) 

Love is affectionate concern for the well-being of others; a 
feeling of warm personal attachment, as for a parent, child, or 
friend. How deep is God's love? "Thou hast in love to my soul 
delivered it out of the pit of corruption.*' (Isaiah 38: 17) 

Once an atheist was blaspheming God in a certain market- 
place. He challenged God to show His power by striking him 
dead in five minutes. When the five minutes passed, the atheist 
spoke, "What did I tell you?" 

An old lady asked, "Sir, have you any children?" 

"Why?" the man queried. 

"Well," the lady answered, "If one of your children handed 
you a knife and said, 'Kill me, Daddy, 1 would you do it?" 

"Why no!" the atheist replied. "I love them too much!" 

"That is exactly why God did not strike you dead," said the 
lady. "He loves you too much." 

"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while 
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) 

-Laura Cover 
Love is the fountain whence all true obedience flows; 
The Christian serves the God he loves 
And loves the God he knows. 

He treads the heavenly road and neither faints nor tires; 
That generous love which warms his breast 
When fortitude inspires. 

No burden seems so great, no task so hard appears, 
But this he cheerfully performs and that he meekly bears. 
May love-that shining grace-o'er all my powers preside; 
Direct my thoughts suggest my words, and every action guide! 

—Benjamin Beddome 


Do you have heart trouble? Before you reply an emphatic, 
"Of course not; Fm a healthy child!" let me hasten on to explain 
that I don't mean things like heart attack, high blood pressure, 
and irregular heart beats. What I do mean is, does your heart 
have trouble doing and saying the things it shouldn't? Or do 
you have a healthy heart that truly tries to do what it should? 

Our heart controls our tongue and actions. Sometimes we 
say and do things we wish later we hadn't, don't we? For this 
kind of heart trouble, we don't need to go to the medical 
doctor. Instead we can say, Tm sorry, I shouldn't have said 
that," or "Will you forgive me? I did something I shouldn't 
have." Doing this doesn't cost lots of money like going to the 
medical doctor does, but it does mean doing something that 
isn't easy. Your parents want to keep you from developing 
serious heart problems, so they punish when you do and say 
wrong things—and that's not pleasant either. That is what it 
takes, though, to help your hearts become more pure, more 
filled with love, and less filled with bad things. 

The Bible says, "Blessed are the pure in heart..." It goes on 
to say, "...for they shall see God." The rewards for purity are 
great! — Elva Royer 

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VOL.41 Mpy« QCTQDEP s 1994 No. 11 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: 11 


If I had but one year to live; 
One year to help; one year to give; 
One year to love; one year to bless; 
One year of better things to stress; 
One year to sing; one year to smile; 
To brighten earth a little while; 
One year to sing my Master's praise; 
One year to fill with work my days; 
One year to strive for a reward, 
When I should stand before my Lord, 
I think that I should spend each day 
Witnessing along the way 
For my Lord. For from afar 
The call may come to cross the bar 
At any time, and I must be 
Prepared to meet eternity. 

So if I have a year to live, 
Or just one day in which to give 
A pleasant smile, a helping hand, 
A mind that tried to understand, 
A fellow-creature when in need, 
'Tis one with me--I take no heed; 
But try to live each day He sends 
To serve my gracious Master's ends. 

—Author Unknown 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5 00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Ro\, Tuolumne, CA 95379 

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Collecting our mail the other day, we found a catalog of 
school material with a cover picture of General Grant and 
General Lee in their dramatic meeting at Appomattox Court 
House, Virginia, to arrange terms of surrender at the close of 
the Civil War. This ended a tragic conflict in which people of 
the same nation fought each other. It sometimes involved close 
friends or even brothers lined up on opposite sides of the battle. 
How could it happen? And yet we know wars are the result of 
the sinful, fallen condition of mankind. They should make us 
appreciate more the peace we enjoy today. 

As a special Thanksgiving theme, we can thank God for the 
peace that Jesus brought. 

Peace takes different forms, but it is always good if it is 
genuine. A nation like ours is never quite in complete peace. 
But we thank God that there is no frill scale war; the draft is 
past, and most of the nation's economy can focus on peacetime 
pursuits. To remember the anxiety, the deaths, the rationing, 
the hatred of the enemy evidenced on every hand during war 
should make us thankful for a period of national peace. 

Peace is more than an absence of conflict. It is a positive 
characteristic given by God. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with 
you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I 
unto you." It is difficult to measure all the benefits of this 
peace. Those who have received it in their hearts have a 
priceless treasure. And it has come from Jesus at great cost. 

The most blessed form of peace is that in the heart. It is 
peace between God and His creature; the peace Jesus made at 
Calvary. Several of the Old Testament prophets proclaimed 
that the Lord had a "controversy" with His people. This 


controversy, when man turned against his Maker, was resolved 
when Jesus died. Now the peace can come inside because the 
rebellion is reconciled; the sin is pardoned. God made the peace 
at Calvary and each man and woman must meet Him there in 
repentance and submission. 

Peace comes when hostilities cease. David was at peace 
with Hiram, king of Tyre to the North of Israel. David did not 
have to conquer that nation. The results were good because 
Hiram was the supplier of the material to build the temple when 
Solomon came to the throne. 

Peace carries great benefits. The Pax Romana, the Roman 
peace, lasted for 180 years. The Romans had subdued the 
nations around them making a great empire of nations with 
open borders. Those who preached the Gospel in the early 
years of the church (like Paul) had no hostile borders to cross, 
no passports or time-wasting formalities. They took the Gospel 
over the good Roman roads into every nation of the world. We 
don't have secular records for this, but notice PauTs words in 
Coiossians 1:23: "...and be not moved away from the hope of 
the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to 
every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made 
a minister." God used the Pax Romana to accomplish this 
amazing feat. We know God is not limited to man's situations. 
He must have transported some of His messengers like he did to 
Philip in Acts 8:39,40. 

Peace carries responsibility. We are bound by duty to be 
peaceable and to be peacemakers. Any conflict is like a fire. 
Those involved can either add fuel or pour on water. Fuel for a 
conflict can be bitter words, gossip, retaliation, or ridicule. 
Peace can come when someone is willing to say, "I'm sorry," or 
to turn the other cheek, or to make some positive effort toward 
being friendly and kind. Peace can come when we have love for 
the enemies as Jesus commanded. 


As I write, it is Thanksgiving Day. (I know this Pilgrim will 
be late due to circumstances beyond our control) It is intended 
as a day to thank God for all our blessings. But today I 
particularly thank God for peace— peace in the nation, peace in 
the church, peace in the home, and peace in our hearts as we let 
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, control us from the inside out. --L.C. 


'T count all things but loss for the excellency of the 
knowledge of Jesus Christ, my Lord..." (Phil 3:8) This is the 
happy season of ripening cornfields, of merry song of the 
reapers, of the secured and garnered grain. If we are to bear 
much fruit, we must be buried in darkness and solitude. After 
Paul considered everything he had accomplished in his life, he 
said that it was all worthless when compared with knowing 
Christ. So we wonder, as we harvest the fields, and fill the bins, 
where we place the gratitude of harvest. Many of us don't till 
the soil and reap the crops of the field; we are employed in 
different areas, for different reasons, but our harvest is still from 
the Lord and all belongs to Him. Many times we fail to be 
thankful as we receive our pay checks, thinking we just deserve 
it; we really worked for it; but the earth is the Lord's and the 
fullness thereof. "Thankftdness," then is the parent of all other 

In the two epistles of Peter, he wrote to "strangers" which 
were actually "pilgrims." The word "strangers" used in I Peter 
1:1, and I Peter 2:11 comes from a Greek word (parepidemos), 
meaning a resident foreigner, and its only other New Testament 
usage is in Hebrews 11:13, speaking of the ancient patriarches, 
who confessed that they were "strangers" and "pilgrims" on the 
earth. We give honor today to the American "pilgrims" as they 
called themselves (thinking of these very verses), who left their 
homelands in order to better serve God in a foreign land. The 
pilgrims to whom Peter was writing likewise had been 


"scattered abroad 1 ' for their faith: (see Acts 8:4.) While we are 
here, we may endure many trials and sorrows, just as did those 
Massachusetts pilgrims, but He nevertheless supplies our needs, 
just as He did for them, and we ought to abound in 
Thanksgiving as they did. Of all people in the history of the 
world, do more have cause for thanksgiving than American 
Christians? Therefore, since we are "enriched in everything," 
through our Savior, this "causetli through us thanksgiving" to 
God (II Cor. 9:11), and we should be "abounding therein with 
thanksgiving." (Col. 2:7) 

In Isaiah 55:1-3, we are instructed to come, buy wine and 
milk without money and without price. Food costs money, lasts 
only a short time, and meets only physical needs. God offers us 
free nourishment that feeds our souls, and we can have it if we 
come, listen, seek, and call upon God. God's salvation is freely 
offered, but to nourish our souls, we must eagerly receive it. 
We will starve spiritually without this food as surely as we will 
starve without our daily bread. Are you thirsty, or complacent 
and indifferent, so satisfied with your own experience that you 
want nothing more of God? Beware of building your faith on 
experience, or your life will not ring true and will only sound 
the note of a critical spirit. It is a humbling experience to knock 
at God's door. You have to knock with the crucified thie£ but 
to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 
"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with 
praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." (Psalm 
100:4) The process of truly giving thanks is more difficult than 
some of us imagine. It is difficult because we tend to believe 
that we deserve the good things we have. We believe we have 
earned these things by our hard work, ingenuity, and skill. Our 
pride prevents our thanks. Giving thanks is also difficult 
because many of us find ourselves in situations in which the bad 
things seem to outnumber the good things. We have soured 
ourselves to the point where we don't want to give thanks for 


everything. Our lack of perspective prevents our thanks. Being 
thankful is difficult. because we need to identify the person we 
are thanking. We cannot properly thank forces or events. It is 
a person who must be thanked, and as soon as we thank a 
person we acknowledge our indebtedness to that person. 
Thanksgiving Day is an occasion to thank people for the share 
they have had in our lives, but, even more so, it is a time to 
declare our absolute dependence upon God the Father for life, 
for gifts, and for His Son, Jesus Christ. 

The United States has set aside a day of national 
thanksgiving. Believers will go to worship to thank God for 
His gifts during the past year. It's fitting for a nation to 
acknowledge that God is the source of their good gifts. And it's 
a great privilege to be part of a nation that will stop to thank 
God. Citizens of Canada did that last month. Whether or not 
you live in a country that declares a special day for 
thanksgiving, bear in mind that the Lord wants all of us to thank 
Him as individuals. Recount in your mind and heart how good 
God has been to you. Lift your heart in a special prayer of 
thanks to God, and lift your voice in a song of thanks. In Psalm 
100, the Psalmist recites some of our reasons for thanks: 

1. God made us (100:3), and life is a precious gift. 

2. We are His people (100:3), and salvation has come to us 
through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. 

3. His love endures forever (100:5), in spite of all the 
obstacles we put in its way. 

4. His faithfulness continues through all generations (100:5), 
and He can be trusted. 

If you live in freedom or under oppression, if you're healthy 
or sick, if you're rich or poor, give thanks. No matter what, 

thanks anyway. The Word of God invites us all to do that. The 
phrase, "thanksgiving is thanks living" should be our motto each 
and every day we live, and our lives should manifest our 


thankfulness to Him in our every word and deed. 

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name 
of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by 
Him." (Col 3:17) Genuine thankfulness is marked by a desire to 
express itself with more than words. We want to give 
something in return, not as payment for a debt but as gratitude 
for a gift. Christ loved us so much that He gave Himself for us, 
(Eph. 5:2) Because of His sacrificial death, our sins are 
forgiven (1:7), and we enjoy wonderful spiritual blessings, (w. 
3-5), although we will want to respond by thanking Him with 
our lips for all He has done for us. (5:4) True gratitude will 
also be shown in other areas of our lives. To express our 
appreciation, we ought to "walk in love" (v. 2), avoid any hint 
of immorality or greed (v. 3), and clean up our language, (v. 4) 
That's thanksgiving, and it pleases God. It is through the 
Salvation of Jesus Christ that we are made perfectly fit for the 
purpose of God. We must not trust man who fails, but in Jesus 
Who never fails. Jesus! What a Source, what a Supply, what a 
Channel! Are we truly thankful for His gift, and do we really 
show it in our words and deeds? What we already have is far 
greater than anything we could ever desire. 
"Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness; thou hast 
enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear 
my prayer." (Psalm 4:1) This psalm may have been written as 
David was asking his enemies to reconsider their support of 
Absalom. This is one of the grandest testimonies ever given by 
man to the moral government of God. It is not a man's 
thanksgiving that he has been set free from suffering. It is a 
thanksgiving that he has been set free throug h suffering: "Thou 
hast enlarged me when I was in distress." He declares the 
sorrows of life to have been themselves the source of life's 
enlargement. "If Joseph had not been Egypt's prisoner, he had 
never been Egypt's governor. The iron chain about his feet 
ushered in the golden chain about his neck." (selected) 


For sometime, now, we have been thanking and praising our 
God, even for circumstances and situations we don't understand 
and can't control. It is our great desire, that we will endeavor 
to be more grateful for the things we have and enjoy, and yes, 
even for things beyond our control As we serve an honest and 
faithful God, let us affirm to be more like Him, and less what 
we have been, trusting His grace and mercy, and thereby 
believing and living our faith in His Son. Then He will make us 
broken bread and poured-out wine with which to feed and 
nourish others. "And now, brethren I commend you to God, 
and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and 
to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified." 
(Acts 20:32) With thankful hearts give praise to Jesus 

For His blessings without end; 

Let's give to Him our full devotion, 

He's our Saviour and our Friend. 

-L yle J. Gi sh , North Manchester, Indi ana 

Andrew & Joanna Cable's zip code is Wakarusa, 46573 

Kevin & Ina Martin -69260 C.R 13, New Paris, 

Indiana 46553 (219)831-6569 

OBERHOLZER - A son, Blaine Elliott, born November 17, to 
Shane and Beth Oberholzer of Nappanee, Indiana. 

GARBER -- A son, Glen Welty, born November 18, to Clair 
and Ruth Garber of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. 

CABLE- WENGER Aaron Cable and Arlene Wenger were 
married November 12, 1994, near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. 

Their address is 25623 C.R 44 Rte. 4, Nappanee, 

Indiana 46550 (219) 862-2238 



Many aspire to do great deeds, 
That they may fill some pressing needs; 
To strive, and rise to heights of feme, 
To make for self a well known name. 

And there are those, who seek for power, 
That before them all men would cower; 
That they may be the one to say, 
What others do from day to day. 

Some would be rich, and live in ease, 
To use great wealth, themselves to please. 
They disregard all others' need, 
To others' pain they take no heed. 

In all these things, and many more, 
Are found what man is seeking for; 
But all when gained are empty dross, 
And will result in endless loss. 

How can we judge, what we should do? 
What is worthwhile, to thus pursue? 
What values choose, that will endure? 
What labor for, to be secure? 

In Christ alone, is found true peace, 

And values that will never cease 

To satisfy our every need; 

This truth, all through God's Word, we read. 

These values then, will still endure, 
Through all eternity, secure, 
When mortal life has fled away, 
And we have gone to endless day. 

-James Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 



The church grew but also experienced the problems a new, 
growing church has. The members of the church came from 
many different backgrounds. Controversial issues required 
much prayer and special effort to come to a unified decision. 
This was made especially evident in the following case. 

There was a young minister in the Creyfelt congregation by 
the name of William Hacker (Hager). He was a scholarly man, 
and full of holy zeal. He was a close friend of Peter Becker's. 

Hacker became acquainted with the daughter of a merchant. 
Her father had been baptized by the Brethren, but he continued 
preaching to the Mennonites because the Mennonites wanted 
him to. The young woman, however, was not a member of the 

The girl's father was pleased at the prospect of having 
Hacker for a son-in-law. He officiated at the wedding and 
married the pair with his blessing. 

Their marriage threw the congregation into an uproar. The 
problem was, of course, that Hacker, a minister, had married 
outside the church. Elder Christian Libe and four other 
Brethren, who happened to be single, rose up and 
excommunicated Hacker. John Haas and many others, 
including Peter Becker, felt that Hacker should only have been 
suspended from sharing in communion. 

Elder Libe's stand on the issue did not put the matter to rest. 
The point, then, seemed not to be so much about marrying 
outside the church, but as to whether or not the Brethren were 
going to practice the ban. 

This problem developed into a major stumbling block. Libe 
remained adamant in his decision. In the past, he was a 
preacher to the Dutch and had spent time in prison for it. He 
was a man who knew what he thought and had little time for 


compromise. Perhaps things would have been different if he 
had not experienced the things he did. As it was, many hard 
feelings and accusations were exchanged among the members. 
It is recorded that 100 persons or more who were convinced of 
their need for baptism did not join the church because of the 
quarreling and discord they witnessed there. 

And what became of Hacker? He was a conscientious man, 
and the disapproval of his Brethren had a great effect on him. 
He took sick and died. 

Peter, who was a close friend of Hacker, was also deeply 
affected by the problem. He supported Hacker and stood by 
him throughout the ordeal. 

Perhaps the saddest and most ironic part of this incident was 
Elder Libe's actions in the following years. His attempts to 
keep the congregation together were ineffective. He married 
outside the church himself* and became a merchant. Eventually 
he was even a wine merchant, which was clearly against 
Brethren teaching. 

This controversy with the wounds it caused was the major 
reason that the first group of Brethren emigrated to America. 
Peter decided to move to Pennsylvania; and others, when they 
heard it, wanted to go along. The problems, however, were to 
follow them across the ocean. 

The year was 1719. The Brethren in Germany had had 
many opportunities to hear about Pennsylvania, and particularly 
Germantown. They had heard about the religious freedom that 
was available, and how comparatively easy it was to earn a 
living. There were also several organizations interested in 
shuttling settlers across the ocean, such as the Frankfort Land 
Company, which was employed in bringing good German 
families to Pennsylvania. 

Peter Becker was the organizer and leader of the group of 
twenty families, or about 120 persons. Exactly who all the 
people were that came over with Peter we don't know. The 


name of the ship is also unknown. 

The voyage was stormy, and lasted at least two months. 
Descriptions of voyages taken within a few years of this one 
provide a pretty good idea of what they were like. Here is one 
account from Gottlieb Mittelberger, who came over thirty-one 
years after Peter Becker did. 

"...Want of provisions, hunger, thirst, frost, heat, dampness, 
anxiety, want, afflictions and lamentations, together with other 
trouble... the lice abound so frightfully, especially on sick people, that 
they can be scraped off the body. The misery reaches a climax when a 
gale rages for two or three nights and days so that everyone believes 
the ship will go to the bottom..." 

With conditions like those, it is easy to see that social 
relations were not enhanced during the trip. In fact, the most 
miserable part of the trip was undoubtedly the hard feelings that 
were exchanged. 

"Among the healthy, impatience sometimes grows so great and 
cruel that one curses the other, or himself and the day of his birth, and 
sometimes they come near killing each other. Misery and malice join 
each other, so that they cheat and rob one another. One always 
reproaches the other with having persuaded him to undertake the 

"Many sigh and cry: 'Oh, that I were at home again, and if 1 had 

to lie in my pig-sty!' Or they say: 'O God, if I only had a piece of 

good bread, or a good fresh drop of water!' Many people whimper, 

sigh, and cry piteously for their homes... Many people necessarily die 

and perish in misery, and must be cast into the sea, which drives their 

relatives or those that persuaded them to undertake the journey, to 

such despair that it is almost impossible to pacify them..." 

Arrival in the New World would produce mixed feelings: 

joy and relief that you had finally made it; despair and 

depression because so many of your loved ones were gone, you 

weren't so healthy yourself, and you had practically nothing to 

start out with, (to be continued) 

—Karen L, Conley 
Mount Joy, Pennsylvania 



When God identified Himself with the human family, and 
became one of them in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus 
Christ, it was an act of wisdom and bravery beyond the full 
comprehension of the human mind. But God has given us the 
capability to have a saving knowledge of Him, and every man 
has this accountability and responsibility. 

Christ's mission in corning to this world was to save us from 
our sins, that we might have eternal life. 

In this, He served in three dimensions: to make atonement 
for sin, to destroy the power of the grave, and to teach us, that 
we might know Him. Man is accountable to the third 
dimension to be saved. 

The apostle Paul testified to this truth, and was willing to 
suffer the loss of all he had, and count it but dung that he might 
know Him. (Phil 3:9,10) 

St. John, in his first epistle (4:17) wrote, "Herein is our love 
made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of 
judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 11 To be as 
He is in this world can only be attained by knowing Him. 

The only source of this knowledge is in His Word-the Holy 
Scriptures. Herein we find all that can be known about Him- 
the words He has spoken and the acts of His life. 

In His final days on earth, Jesus had a message for the heart 
of man that has sustained, and will sustain it into eternity-that 
is peace that no power on earth can take from us. 

The setting in which He gives this message is proof of this. 
As we observe this scene in Christ's life, there couldn't have 
been a better time for Him to present peace that passes all 
understanding. A peace the world knows nothing about— nor 
can have. 


He had just told His disciples that He was about to leave 
them, and this world. He told them He was about to suffer 
from the hands He came to save and love. He knew His 
disciples were going to forsake Him. 

The day came when all this took place. Also the earth 
quaked; the sun refused to shine. The atmosphere reeked with 
hatred and malice. In it all, this Man proved the power of 

As He is, so are we in this world. May we know Him as He 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, 
shall keep your hearts, and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 
4:7) —Kenneth Martin 

Nappanee, Indiana 


An interesting comparison is made of the Sea of Galilee and 
the Dead Sea. Though they are not far apart geographically, 
the difference in the two seas is vast. While the Sea of Galilee 
teems with plant and animal life and supplies a living for many 
fisherman, the Dead Sea is incapable of supporting any form of 
life. IVe read that its waters are so deadly that birds won f t even 
fly over them. Both seas are supplied with water by the Jordan 
River. The difference is that the Sea of Galilee thrives because 
it passes water on, whereas the Dead Sea has no outlet, so the 
water stays and stagnates. 

"Freely ye have received, freely give," is what Jesus told His 
disciples in Matthew 10:8. Those words still apply to me today. 
If I, like the Sea of Galilee, give freely, my life will be healthy 
and productive. If I receive and don't give, or give sparingly, I 
will not be capable of living an abundant life. 

—Jean Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



Thank God for you, good friend of mine, 
Seldom is friendship such as thine; 
How very much I wish to be 
As helpful as youVe been to me. 
Thank God for you. 

When I recall from time to time 
How you inspired this heart of mine, 
I find myself inclined to pray, 
"God bless my friend this very day." 
Thank God for you. 

Of many prayer requests, one thou art 
On whom I ask God to impart 
Rich blessings from His storehouse rare, 
And grant to you His gracious care. 
Thank God for you. 

So often at the throne of grace, 
There comes a picture of your face, 
And then instinctively I pray 
That God may guide you all the way. 
Thank God for you. 

Some day I hope with you to stand 
Before the throne at God's right hand, 
And say to you at journey's end, 
You have been to me a faithful friend. 
Thank God for you. 

—selected from Pulpit Helps 


One Sunday as I sat in church before meeting began, one of 
my little friends came up to me and pulled down on my arm 
Thinking he wanted to tell me something, I leaned down. He 
kissed me on the cheek. It surprised me and I said thank you. 
In your happy childish way you smiled and went your happy 
way. I had no doubt that we had a good relationship between 

Proverbs 18; 19 says that a brother offended is harder to win 
than a strong city. In other words if I do something to make 
any one feel bad toward me, it is very hard to regain their trust. 

When nations get in conflict with each other, they go to 
war. The one that is the strongest wins. Sometimes it takes 
years before the war is ended. Proverbs says that my brother 
that I have wronged is harder to win than this strong city. The 
answer to this is to be as careful as we can and not wrong 

My little friend that gave me the kiss, I am sure will 
sometime be a brother in the Lord, I hope then you can give 
me a kiss and smile. I will say thank you. I trust we can always 
have a relationship that wil be pleasing to Jesus. 

—Everett Oyler 

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VOL. 41 DECEMBER, 1994 No. 12 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech yotras strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.11 


Come, all ye shepherds, ye children of earth, 
Come ye, bring greetings to yon heavenly birth. 
For Christ the Lord unto us is given, 
Whom God for Savior sent down from heaven: 
Fear not ye Him! 

Hasten then, hasten to Bethlehem's stall, 
There to see heaven descend to us all. 
With holy feeling there humbly kneeling, 
We will adore Him, bow down before Him, 
Worship the King! 

Angels and shepherds together we go, 
Seeking this Saviour from all earthly woe; 
While angels winging, His praises singing, 
Heaven's echos ringing, peace on earth bringing, 
Good will to men. Amen. 

-Bohemian Folk Song 

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The sign proclaimed, "The wise men worshipped Jesus; wise 
men still do. 11 It is true that when the wise men came to the 
house in Bethlehem where Mary and her baby Jesus were, they 
"fell down and worshiped him: and when they had opened their 
treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, 
and myrrh." When the shepherds saw Him they "returned, 
glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard 
and seen, as it was told them" When Simeon saw this special 
Baby, "Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God... For 
mine eyes have seen thy salvation." When Anna saw Him she 
"gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all 
them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem" 

All these by direct revelation gave special reverence to 
Jesus. He was a baby then. He came that way. We call it the 
incarnation when "the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among 
us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten 
of the Father,) foil of grace and truth." Jesus grew and became 
a man, the best Man there ever was. We worship Him today, 
not because He was the best man, but because He is the Son of 

Men must be carefol what or whom they worship. The 
greatest insult is given to God when His creatures bow down 
and worship something else. Isaiah records (42:8): "I am the 
Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, 
neither my praise to graven images." (43: 1 1): "I, even I, am the 
Lord; and beside me there is no saviour." 

Over and over God pronounced His judgment upon Israel 
for their principal sin which was idolatry. Recording it made 
Jeremiah weep for his people. They went to captivity in Baby- 
lon for idolatry. After Babylon, they still had sins of pride, im- 


morality, and greed, but they did not, as a people, again worship 

Do we suppose God has changed His mind for us today? 
No, idols in our lives are just as much an offence today as 3,000 
years ago. John writes, "Little children, keep yourselves from 
idols. " Paul, in Colossians 3:5, identifies covetousness as 
idolatry. In I Corinthians 10, he urges and begs us not to be 
involved with the idolatry and failings that caused God to 
overthrow the Israelites in the wilderness. He concludes his 
warning with "Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from 
idolatry." The devil had the audacity to tempt Jesus by offering 
Him all the kingdoms of the world if He would fell down and 
worship him— the ultimate insult to God. Jesus answered, "Get 
thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the 
Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." 

If covetousness is idolatry, then the problem is still with us. 
At this time of year more things are brought as gifts. This alone 
does not mean we are covetous, but children brought up in this 
atmosphere of gift-giving must be carefully taught the truth— 
that God is first— that it is more blessed to give than to receive- 
that the poor we have always with us and "wheresoever ye will 
ye may do them good"— that extravagance is sin, even if we can 
afford it—that we live in a dying world that has largely ignored 
God— and that the issues are life and death— not how much we 
can accumulate. 

The answer to idolatry is the one Jesus gave the devil: 
"Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou 
serve." We need to be filled with good in order to be delivered 
from evil. Light dispels darkness. To keep from idols, we need 
to enter into true worship, to let worship fill our hearts. We 
need to be carefiil what or whom we worship. Jesus is no 
longer in the manger. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. 
We worship God because He made us to give Him glory. Man 
is not worthy of glory. Paul wanted to glory only in the cross. 


Do we enjoy and thrill to worship God? Do we assemble 
together in gratitude, and not because we must or that it is "the 
thing to do"? Can we say like the psalmist, "As the hart 
panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O 
God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God..." 

As we need to be filled with good to resist evil, so our 
problems come by first forsaking our duty. If we continue the 
true worship of God, "in the beauty of holiness" the adversary 
has no place to work. This is true at "Christmas" time as well 
as in July. 

Jesus is on the throne, today. He is there in victory because 
He met our souls 1 needs at the cross. The manger was on the 
path He walked, but His goal was the cross where He made 
atonement for the sins of the world. He lives again and all 
power is given to Him. Let us worship him today. 
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; 
Call on Him now in meekness and fear. 
Come to His presence with joy and with singing; 
Seek His kind face while His Spirit is near. 

Jesus has power and grace to redeem us; 
He gives us aid when the tempter comes by. 
Only in Him can we find a sure refuge; 
He reaches down from His throne up on high. 

Jesus was small and laid in a manger. 
"Low lay his head with the beasts of the stall." 
Now He is crowned with honor and glory; 
He is the Maker and Saviour of all. 

Come let us worship in true adoration; 
Our heart's devotion the least we can give; 
Humble ourselves in truth and contrition; 
Come let us worship; in faith let us live. « L.C. 



Gal. 6:14: "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the 
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ , by whom the world is crucified 
unto me; and I unto the world." The cross of Christ declares 
many things: the exceeding great love of God; our lost 
condition; our total inability to come to God on our own 
strength, righteousness, or wisdom; and our complete 
dependence on our heavenly Father for everything. To be 
crucified was to be put to death by nailing, or binding a person 
to a cross. Death was normally brought about in two or three 
days. It was considered one of the most terrible forms of 
punishment. It says in Mark's gospel that Jesus was crucified 
the third hour, and died about the ninth hour. He hung on the 
cross alive for at least six hours. The last three hours there was 
darkness over the whole land. Then Jesus cried aloud, "My 
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" He died of a 
broken heart. What glory do you see here? Oh what suffering, 
what untold agony, what pain He bore there. The greatest may 
have been in being forsaken by His Father at the most heart- 
breaking moment of His life, and all because of sin. 

Can you imagine being there? From the sixth hour, or 
noon, to the ninth hour, or three in the afternoon, there was 
thick darkness over the whole land. Then Jesus cried aloud and 
died. The veil of the temple was rent in twain; there was an 
earthquake; the rocks were rent. A Roman centurion declared, 
"Truly this man was the Son of God." After the darkness was 
past, what do you suppose the sunset looked like that evening? 
What must it have been like after the resurrection, to meet many 
of the saints who had risen? And yet there was a people, His 
own people, who were so hard and set in their ways, they could 
not believe. Incredible! 

The sky was dark when Jesus died, but it does not end here, 



praise God. The sky is lightened, the price is paid, for Jesus is 
victor! For death could not hold Him; the grave could not keep 
Him; He lives! This is He "who (has) the keys of hell and of 
death," (Rev. 1:18) and"is the Almighty." (Rev. 1:8) For all 
power has been given Him in heaven and in earth. And He did 
not die in vain; an innumerable company of people is now living 
because of that one death. For Jesus said, "I am the 
resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though h e 
were dead , yet shall he live; And whosoever liveth and 
believeth in me shall never die." Though he w ere dead ? Gal. 
2:20: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet noLl, 
but Christ liveth in me ..." II Cor. 1:9: "But we had the 
sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in 
ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead." 

The cross of Jesus Christ where our sins were washed away, 
is also symbolic of the Christian's victory road in this world, 
after conversion. For the only way to bear fruit, and overcome 
the world, is for the body of sins, the old carnal nature, sel£ to 
remain nailed to His cross. We must abide in Him, Jesus the 
crucified One, if we would reign with Him, Jesus the glorified 
One. (See I Cor. 2:2 and II Tim, 2:12.) This is that slow, 
painful death the cross symbolizes. For just about the time we 
think self is dead, and we think we stand, we fall. This should 
cause us to lose all confidence in the deceitful human heart, and 
say with Paul, "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the 
cross of my Lord Jesus Christ." For when we are weak, by 
faith He becomes our strength. 

I Cor. 1:18: "For the preaching of the cross is to them that 
perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the p ow er 
of God. " When we leave the preaching of the cross out of the 
Gospel, it becomes self-centered, instead of Christ-centered. 
Those who abhor the preaching of the cross, also don't like to 
speak of repentance. It becomes another gospel that appeals to 
the world. But Paul said the cross of Jesus in which he glorified, 



A Free Gift? -Arlan Wray May 

And Being Made Perfect -Sharon See Aug 

An Experience To Remember -Kevin Garber Mar 

Back To School -L.C. Aug 

Bible Study: Acts 28 -Edward Wagner Jan 

Bible Study: Rom. 3 -Edward Wagner May 

Bones Broken By God -Martha Wagner Jul 
Certified Brethren! -Ron Cable Mar/May/Jun 
Children's Need and Desire for Discipline -sel by Herman Royer 

by W.Wenger from Light of Life Jan 

Christian Clothing -L.C. • Jan 

Do You Love Me, Daddy? -Mildred Skiles Oct 

Eternal Security -Ron Cable -L.C. Apr 

For Me -L.C. Apr 

Freedom To Serve -L.C. Oct 

Gifts -John Bunyan sel. by Betty Beery Jul 

Godly Mothers: Rewards Ahead -L.C. May 

God's Word: Vital To Man -L.C. Jul 
Home Duties -R.T.Cross 

The Duties of Husbands Feb/Mar/Apr/Aug 

The Duties of Wives Sep 

Jesus, The True God and Eternal Life -Kevin Garber Jan 

Let Him That Is Athirst -Betty Altus Sep 

Let No Man Despise Thy Youth -L.C. Sep 
Patience: The Lifestory of Peter Becker -Karen L. Conley Oct/Nov/Dec 

Pentecost -L.C. May 

Prayer and a Definite Religious Standard -E Bounds sel. by Ken Johnson Oct. 

Rights of Children -L.C. Jun 

Sleep -L.C. Feb 

Thanksgiving for Peace -L.C. Nov 

The Baptizing -James Cover Apr 

The Beauty of the Valleys -Kevin Garber Apr 

The Christian's Glory -Kevin Garber Aug 

The Results of Repentance -James Beery Feb 

The Trouble With Liberated Women sel. by Lois Martin Jan 

The Way of the Cross -Kevin Garber Dec 

Think About It -M Kreider sel. by Herman Royer Jul 

Thoughts on Thanksgiving -Lyle Gish Nov 

To Whom is God's Arm Revealed -Kevin Garber Sep 

True Lights -Kevin Garber Feb 

TV: The Menace of True Values -L.C. Mar 

What Is Salvation? -Martha Wagner Jun 

Woe To Them That Are At Ease in Zion -Kevin Garber Jul 

Worship -L.C. Dec 

BEARING FRUIT by Kenneth Martin 

Struggle For Preeminence Jan 

Providing For Others Feb 

Covetousness Mar 

Trusting God Apr 

True Worship May 

A Living Testimony Jun 

Relationships Jul 

The Power Of Love Aug 

Abundant Living Sep 

Carnal Warfare Oct 

Peace Passing All Understanding Nov 

Peacemaking Dec 


A New Year's Prayer -Miriam Sauder sel. from Spiritual Hymns Jan 

Working For Jesus -sel. by Emily Brubaker Mar 

We've Promised To Be Faithful -Rhoda Coning Jun 

Even Eagles Need a Push -Rhoda Cover Aug 

Barabbas' Substitute -Annie J. Flint sel. By Sarah Cover Sep 

Love -Laura Cover Oct 

Freely Give -Jean Martin Nov 


Thanking Jesus -Everett Oyler Jan 

Are You Sick? -Everett Oyler Feb 

The Early Bird Gets The Worm -Everett Oyler Mar 

What Does Your Label Say? -Everett Oyler Apr 

Give Mother Your Best Gift -Everett Oyler May 
When Children Eat -Margaret Yoder from Poems For Memorization Jun 

If I Were A . -Everett Oyler Jul 

Zacchaeus Sees Jesus -Everett Oyler Aug 

Little Things -Elva Royer Sep 

A Healthy Heart -Elva Royer Oct 

Christian Friendship -Everett Oyler Nov 

Two Little Boys Were Born -Everett Oyler Dec 


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January 9 

Laura Cover 

March 13 

Lois Flora 

March 17 

Nina Byers 

April 24 

Darrell Martin 

July 24 

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August 7 

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October 4 


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Marian Ruth Royer 
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Jeremy Duane Martin 
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Larry Cable and Liana Huffman March 5 

Andrew Cable and Joanna Coning October 8 

Aaron Cable and Arlene Wenger November 12 


A Christian -Sharon See Mar 

A Family Follows Me -From A Woman By God's Grace Jun 

A Mother's Prayer -sel. by Everett Oyler May 

A Smile You Never Saw Upon His Face -Miriam Beery Feb 

Be Ready -James Beery Jul 

Blest City -KM Alltus Feb 

Christian's Home -from S piritual Hymns Oct 

Come, All Ye Shepherds Dec 

Cost And Return -James Beery Jun 

Faith -JohnOxenham sel. by Murray Brillinger Oct 

For Me Christ Died -L.C. Apr 

God Of Our Life -Hugh Kerr Jan 

God's Plan -James Beery Aug 

God's Plan: Our Choice -James Beery Aug 

Holy Ghost, With Light Divine -Andrew Reed May 

How To Be Happy Aug 

If But One Year Nov 

Jesus Keep Me -J.LCover Sep 

Jesus Lives! -sel. from Zion's Harp Apr 

My Lord And I -F.S. Skepard Mar 

Of Many Things My Mother Did -XG. Hootman May 

Our Own -R.T. Cross Mar 

Such Love -C.Bishop Feb 

Thank God For You -seL from Piupit Hefrs Nov 

That Blessed Hope -J.Ridley sel by Murray Brillinger Jul 

Them That Obey Him -Sharon See Aug 

The Mystery -James Hite May 

True Values -James Beery Nov 

Twas A Little Sin -James Beery Feb 

Under An Eastern Sky -John Long Jul 

We Would Be Building -P.D. Deitz Aug 

What Is A Christian? -Sharon See Jul 

Worship the Lord -L.C. Dec 

Youth And Age -L.C. Sep 


Conversation, Thoughts, Yokes Jan 

Hope; Ashamed; Knowledge Of Good And Evil Feb 

Imagination Mar 

Examine Yourselves Apr 

Two Baptisms; Prosperity And Adversity May 

Recreation Jun 

The Earth; Exchanges; Judge Not Aug 

Earthquakes; Foolishness Of Man Sep 

Joy Set Before Us Oct 


caused the world to be crucified to him, or die. Something that 
dies becomes unclean and loathsome; we want to bury it, 
remove it from our sight. Thus is the world to the Christian; 
they are death to us. Jesus said in John 15:12, "This is my 
commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 1 ' 
Jesus loved us to the point of laying down His life. Thus are we 
to love, not just those who love us, but all mankind. For they 
can be turned "from darkness to light, and from the power of 
Satan unto God," and receive forgiveness of their sins, and an 
inheritance among them who are sanctified by faith that is in 
Jesus! This is why we are left in this world after conversion. 
But beware! If we start to look on the world with awe, and 
instead of seeing them as a mission field, and a battleground, 
become their friend and take their hand and learn their ways, 
they will become a snare to us and become thorns in our sides 
and pricks in our eyes. And instead of winning them, they have 
won us; we have fallen. And when we combine this fallen state 
with a form of godliness, we have become enemies of the cross 
of Christ. (Phil. 3:18) God would rather we not even profess to 
know Him, than to be lukewarm, for instead of gathering with 
Christ we are scattering abroad. 

II Cor. 6:17-18: "Wherefore come out from among them, 
and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean 
thing; and I will receive you, and will be a father unto you, and 
ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 
That which makes the cross so offensive is persecution. (See 
Gal. 5:11.) But "all that will five godly in Christ Jesus shall 
suffer persecution." To use wisdom of words in preaching, has 
the danger of making the cross of Christ of none affect. (See I 
Cor. 1:17 and Phil. 3:18-21.) People get turned off from the 
cross by a hard, cold, self-righteous, better-than-thou spirit. 
But the biggest motivation to take up the cross and follow Jesus 
is love, God's love ! II Cor. 5:14,15: "For the love of Christ 
constrainethus... that they which live should not henceforth five 


unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose 
again." Eph. 3:19: "And to know the love of Christ, which 
passeth knowledge .." This will cause us to say with Paul, "Oh 
that I may win Him, be found in Him, that I might know Him!" 
He is so wonderful; He is my King! 

It's a way of selflessness; It's a way of Love; 
It's a way of giving; It comes by self abandonment, 
Living for others' happiness. Knowing and loving Jesus 
Is the only way to find it. If you would walk this way, 
Be prepared for suffering, For many don't accept it. 
But the peace, joy, and happiness you gain 
Far outweigh the losses. And eternity will reveal 
It's exceeding great reward! 
If we are true to Him that loved us and washed us from our 
sins in His own blood, we will suffer here. But when you 
compare life in this vapor of time, to eternity and the world's 
fleeting treasure, with the glory which will last forever, then 
you'll know it's worth it all. This is the way the Saviour walked, 
the way of the cross. -Kevin Garber, Twain Harte, California 



Peter Becker's group docked at Philadelphia and then 
moved to Germantown. 

Germantown was a well-established town in the new World, 
having been settled in 1683. It was flourishing and productive 
and certainly impressed the Brethren party. Main Street was 
wide and lined with peach trees. Families grew sizeable 
vegetable and flower gardens on the rich, black ground of their 
three acre plots. Fields lay north and south of town, and nearby 
were lovely vineyards, orchards, and beehives. That the 
hardworking Germans were expert farmers and skilled artisans 
is undeniable. That the new arrivals from the Old World were 


-_ T H E P I LG RIM 12 

uplifted by the well-kept surroundings and familiar sound of 
their mother tongue is also undisputable. 

Germantown was often where German settlers settled 
down, and the Becker party was no exception. 

The squabbles from Germany and the rigors of the difficult 
voyage had left their mark on the group. The Brethren ceased 
to hold Sunday meetings and slowly dispersed as they worked 
to establish themselves in the New World. 

Peter Becker acquired twenty-three acres of land in 
Germantown on which he cultivated cereals and flax. He set up 
his loom and resumed his trade of weaving. He was especially 
adept at weaving stockings, and his stockings became known as 
"Germantown hose. 1 ' 

Conrad Beissel came to the New World a year after Peter 
did. He apprenticed himself to Peter so that he could learn the 
art of weaving. Formerly he was a baker and also a fiddler, but 
he decided he could make a better living in America by 

Peter Becker was a calm, thoughtful man; Conrad Beissel 
was a dynamic, restless man. He wasn f t afraid to voice his 
opinions, or to ask blunt questions. He liked to argue theology, 
and spent much time in discussion with Peter. They did not 
always see eye-to-eye, but they tried not to let disagreements 
interfere with their friendship. 

Beissel was not one to let problems fester. He was quick to 
notice the lack of unity among the Brethren who were now 
living in America. Beissel urged Peter to visit the scattered 

Beissel lived with the Beckers only a year before leaving for 
the Conestoga country. There he and some of his friends lived 
as hermits. They made an attempt at communal living but their 
experiments failed. 

In 1722, Peter Becker with Henry Trout and another 
brother went around to visit the scattered Brethren. A revival 

14 TH E P IL GR IM. 

spirit ensued and the Brethren began meeting again for worship. 
They resolved to put away past conflicts. Meetings were held 
alternately at Peter Becker's house and John Gomonys 

A year later, in the month of August, a rumor was spread 
that the famed Christian Libe had come to Philadelphia. Many 
people travelled the distance to see him, only to find that the 
whole story had been a big mistake, The Brethren persuaded 
the disappointed people to attend their meeting instead. 

They left the meeting with much to think about. They saw 
for themselves the love the Brethren had for each other and 
heard firsthand about the problems they were working to over- 
come. Four weeks later, another meeting was held. Con- 
sequently, several of these awakened persons asked the 
Brethren for baptism. —Karen L. Conley 

Mount Joy, PA. 


Jesus brought from Heaven a knowledge that will change 
God's judgment against us, in that we were eternally condemned 
and forever separated from God. He also brought to us the 
knowledge of God's divine nature. 

To be recipients of the blessings of this knowledge (which is 
eternal life) we need to know it intellectually, and only from this 
premise can we acceptably bear fruit that brings honor and 
glory to God. It will reveal the form and also the power. 

Jesus lived and taught the divine nature of God, and assures 
us we can mature into this also, through the power of the Holy 
Spirit which is the testimony of salvation. 

Peace is one of the chief attributes of divine nature. Paul 
(or the writer of Hebrews) called our attention to this and 
declared that without this we can't see God. (Heb. 12:14) This 
includes peace with God, with our fellow men, and with 


We are at peace with God in the manner He dealt with us in 
our sins—that our soul and spirit will never need to see death 
(through a proper faith and conduct in Him), and that the 
earthly house we dwell in will have to suffer and see decay. We 
accept this and fully trust in God's sovereignty and justice. 

He not only called us to peace, but that we should be 
instruments of peace. We should be peacemakers. (Mat. 5) 
Peacemaking is a skilled profession; only a man of peace, Jesus 
taught, can qualify. Peace makers aren't running from the 
struggles of humanity, not avoiding the conflict, not isolating 
themselves from their fellowmen. But they are speaking the 
truth in love, suffering at the hands of the arrogant, not taking 
sides one against another, but rather trying to reconcile one to 

"Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but 
contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that 
ye should inherit a blessing. 

"For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain 
his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let 
him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace and ensue it. 
(I Peter 3:9-11) This is the manner in which peace makers 
pursue their vocation in light of God's Word. It is on a one-to- 
one basis in a loving invitation. 

There is another claim made in peace making; it is called 
pacifism. Its roots are from human reasoning. They use 
nonviolent forces in collective demonstration, and through 
political means, demand the issues. A forced peace has no 
eternal value; it lasts no longer than it takes for the forced to 
recruit their forces. May we seek peace that is eternal and look 
forward to the time when our soul and spirit will dwell in new 
bodies with Him in eternal bliss. —Kenneth Martin 


Two weeks ago there was a little boy born. He has brought 
us a lot of joy. He and his mother had all the nicest things to 
make them comfortable while in the hospital. 

Many years ago another baby boy was born. His name was 
Jesus. There was no nice room for Him. He was born in a 
stable and laid in a manger. Animals were sleeping in the room 
where He was born. He grew and played just like the other 
children. Soon He was a man. Jesus never treated anyone 
badly. He lived a good life. Many people were jealous of Him. 
They tried to kill Him. At last the people told enough lies about 
Him that they nailed this good Man to the Old Rugged Cross. 
The wicked people thought they had gotten rid of him. But He 
arose and went to Heaven. 

Now Jesus is giving us gifts. You children are receiving the 
good gifts because your parents are living as Jesus has taught. 
Many children do not have parents to love them, and many go 

Each evening before you go to sleep you should thank Jesus 
for sending you to good parents that love Jesus. 

-Everett Oyler 

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